REFERENCE AND RESOURCE CALL CENTER
Mercy Support Services was awarded a multi-year Homeless Stabilization grant from the State Housing Initiatives Partnership (SHIP) program. The three-year contract allows Mercy to provide funds for both rapid rehousing of homeless individuals and aid to those who are in imminent danger of eviction.
The State Housing Initiative Partnership (SHIP) Program provides local governments with the funds to create housing programs to assist its income-eligible citizens. Clay County SHIP has successfully upgraded the quality of living standards by providing safe, decent, improved and affordable housing for the county's elderly, special needs, and income-eligible families. SHIP's assistance programs provided:
- assistance for first-time homebuyers
- assistance for homeowners whose homes are in need of repairs, and
- assistance for the elderly and special needs persons through partnerships with non-profit organizations who assist the elderly and the special needs community.
The SHIP program is designed to prevent abuse and involves strict guidelines. For example, the SHIP program’s eviction prevention help is limited to six months of assistance per family. Rapid rehousing funds are capped at $10,000 per household and no more than $900 per month will be paid to assist families with rent, utilities and deposits. As would be expected, this aid is only available to those who meet certain risk and income thresholds. This is a reimbursable grant; in other words, Mercy will provide the funds to program recipients upfront and then be reimbursed by the SHIP program.