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HOM Housing Programs: PSH and RRH…What’s the Difference?

We believe individuals, families and communities are safer, healthier and stronger when everyone has a home. At HOM, we are dedicated to building communities where the promise of home is a reality for everyone.

We can’t make good on that promise without landlords to participate in our housing programs.  To help provide current and useful information about the housing programs to our landlords, we are re-committing to our blog and will send out a new post primarily directed at landlords every month.

Topics will include things like:

  • The move-out / damage claim and vacancy loss process
  • Why and how to receive payments by direct deposit (ACH)
  • What to do when property ownership changes
  • The HQS inspection process
  • How to communicate with the HOM team
  • The annual lease renewal process
  • More to come!

For our first post, we thought we’d start with the basics and explain the two primary housing programs that we operate.

 

Permanent Supportive Housing (PSH) Programs

PSH is the most intensive housing model, targeted to individuals and families with the most severe housing and service needs.

  • The rental assistance and support are permanent, so long as the household continues to be eligible for the program
  • Tenants pay 30% of their monthly adjusted income as their share of the rent, we pay the rest
  • Annual activities for PSH programs include:
    • Recertification of the household
    • Re-inspection of the unit
    • Lease renewal – HOM facilitates this process between the tenant and landlord, providing an opportunity for rent changes

Rapid Re-Housing (RRH) Programs

RRH is a time-limited housing intervention, targeted to individuals and families with moderate needs.

  • The housing assistance and support is time-limited, tailored to each household to re-stabilize them in housing
    • On average, RRH assistance lasts between 6 and 9 months
  • Tenants pay a share of the monthly rent that gradually increases as their income increases
  • At the end of the RRH assistance, the tenancy continues according to the term of the initial lease and the household is responsible for the monthly rent to the landlord

What’s the Same?

PSH and RRH programs both have many of the same features and requirements, including:

  • Rent Reasonableness determination
  • Housing Quality Standards (HQS) inspections
  • Contract with HOM for the rental assistance
  • HOM generally pays the application fees, security and other deposits at move-in
  • Reimbursement available to landlords for unpaid rent, damages and move-out charges

To go deeper on these interventions, check out the Housing Programs and Our Services menus on our web site. You can also always contact us. Our Team Page will help you find the right person to speak with. We’re here to help!

About the Author:

Michael Shore is President and CEO of HOM, Inc., a leading provider of permanent housing solutions that end homelessness for individuals and families throughout Maricopa County. Michael served as Director of Operations for the 100,000 Homes Campaign team from 2012-2014. He is also a member of the board of directors for the Crisis Response Network. Tweet at him at @shikemore.

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