Shelter Plus Care

Eligibility

Eligibility Factors for Applicants

I. The Shelter Plus Care Program requires that participants in the program meet the following criteria: 

              A. Homeless, as defined by the Stewart B. McKinney Homeless Assistance Act as funded by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development [42 USC 11302]; AND

               B. Disabled, as defined by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development [24 CFR 582.5]; AND

               C. The household’s annual income may not exceed the very low income limit, as established by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, and theapplicant must need the subsidy

               D. Note:  Providing the three eligibility criteria above have been met, any previous S+Crecipient may re-apply for subsidy, as long as he or she is in good standing with any housing subsidy program administered by the City of Clarksville’s Office of CED.                              Former participants who are applying to re-enter a Subsidy Program must either:

                      ·        Repay 100% of any debt owed before a voucher is awarded OR;

                      ·        In lieu of 100% payment of debt, a tenant may establish themselves with a legally assigned Representative Payee and complete a documented payment plan not to exceed 12 months OR;

                      ·        Charges may be adjudicated through the CED Appeals Procedure or CED Grievance Process.

Homeless

I.     Definition of Homelessness

In general, a person is considered homeless if, without HUD assistance, he or she would have to spend the night in a homeless shelter or in a place not meant for human habitation.

More specifically, an individual or family is considered homeless if he or she is:

· Sleeping in an emergency shelter;

·  Sleeping in places not meant for human habitation, such as cars, parks, sidewalks, or abandoned or condemned buildings;

·  Living in transitional/supportive housing but having come from streets or emergency shelters;

·  Spending a short time (90 consecutive days or less) in a hospital, jail, or other institution, and who entered the institution from one of the above (a place not meant for human habitation; an emergency shelter; or Transitional Housing where the person originally came from the streets or emergency shelter) qualifies as homeless.

II.   Definition of Chronic Homelessness

Unaccompanied homeless individual with a disabling condition who has been continuously homeless for a year or more OR.

An unaccompanied individual with a disabling condition who has had at least four episodes of homelessness in the past three years:

More specifically, the term homeless in the above statements means he or she is:

·  Sleeping in an emergency shelter; OR

·  Sleeping in places not meant for human habitation, such as cars, parks, sidewalks, or abandoned or condemned buildings


Shelter Plus Care Manual


For any questions please contact the Office of Housing and Community Development and ask for Martias Kendrick at 931-648-6133