HOM operates several different permanent housing programs on behalf of multiple partners in the community, including Permanent Supportive Housing (PSH) and Rapid Re-Housing (RRH) programs. While each of the programs is unique, there are some key components that are universal across all the programs. Following are some program basics for participants:
At the time of your initial orientation to the program, you will be provided with access to Padmission, our online housing search platform. Padmission is where you can locate affordable and available housing units and landlords that work with our housing programs. Padmission allows you to:
- Search for units by city, size, rent, utilities, housing programs accepted, and more
- See photos of properties and detailed property profiles
- Contact landlords directly for viewing and application steps
You must complete the landlord’s application and meet the tenant eligibility criteria of the landlord. You are also free to use any other available resources in your housing search. Useful resources include rental publications, rental locating services, classifieds, and the apartment search platforms on the internet. Things you should consider in your search may include:
- Amount of the rent being charged by the landlord
- Will you be responsible for payment of utilities, or will the landlord provide them?
- Location in terms of proximity to shopping, public transportation routes, doctors’
- offices, pharmacies, family, schools, and other support structures in the community
- Upkeep of the community, including grounds maintenance and landscaping, lighting and security
You will have 60 days from the date of your initial orientation to secure housing. If you are not successful in securing housing within 60 days, you may request an extension in writing. The extension request form is available on Forms Central.
The unit must PASS a Housing Quality Standards (HQS) inspection BEFORE we can execute a Housing Assistance Payments (HAP) Contract on behalf of the HOM.
You’ll find helpful information about the inspection process on Forms Central, including the HUD Pamphlet, A Good Place to Live. The pamphlet provides general information and performance criteria for the HQS Inspection process by room in the dwelling unit. We’ve also developed an HQS Tip Sheet to provide a list of common fail items for inspections.
Inspections are also required annually to ensure that the dwelling unit continues to meet Housing Quality Standards.
Housing built before 1978 may contain lead-based paint. Lead from paint, paint chips, and dust can pose health hazards if not managed properly. Lead exposure is especially harmful to young children and pregnant women. Landlords are required to disclose the presence of any known lead-based paint and/or lead-based paint hazards in the dwelling. Tenants must also receive a federally approved pamphlet on lead poisoning prevention. HOM provides the EPA’s Protect Your Family from Lead in Your Home pamphlet to all program participants. A Lead Warning Statement must be completed and signed by the Landlord, Tenant, and HOM prior to the leasing and execution of a HAP Contract for the dwelling unit.
The EPA and HUD Real Estate Notification and Disclosure Rule Questions and Answers is available on Forms Central.
- Violation of obligations under the program;
- Failure to sign and submit consent forms;
- Drug-related or violent criminal activity;
- Fraud, bribery or any other corrupt or criminal act in connection with the housing program;
- Engaging in or threatening abusive or violent behavior toward HOM or landlord personnel;
If a participant’s assistance in the program is terminated, HOM will provide notice of termination with the reason for the termination, the effective date of the termination, and information on how to appeal the decision.