Homelessness Prevention

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Availability

Blue Earth, Brown, Faribault, Le Sueur, Martin, Nicollet, Sibley, Waseca, and Watonwan counties.

Homeless and Doubled-up households must complete a coordinated entry assessment and are placed onto a priority list.  When MVAC has openings potential households are pulled from this list according to program requirements

Facing Homelessness – Who to Call

Prevention households (currently housed) are screened by MVAC staff to explore crisis resolution options.

Eligibility

Households screened by MVAC staff may be assisted financially when funds are available and they meet the following requirements:

  • Live, work or attend school in our nine-county area
  • Currently homeless or at imminent risk of losing housing (doubled-up situations are looked at on a case by case basis) (documentation required)
  • Income eligible (under 175% of the Federal Poverty Guideline) (documentation required)
  • Housing is affordable (basic housing costs-rent, electricity, gas, etc. less than 60% of net income/resources)
  • Crisis is resolvable
  • Unable to resolve crisis on their own or with other agencies’ resources
  • Willing to participate in follow up services and cooperated with past follow up requirements

Program Description

MVAC provides crisis resolution and support dollars to approximately 265 households each fiscal year. Support can be utilized to assist with rent and other housing expenses. Assistance is typically one month only; housing costs must be affordable based on household income. A safety inspection of the unit may be required prior to issuance of funds. Most of the funds are allocated quarterly by county.

When appropriate, household may be required to apply for Emergency Assistance through County Human Services prior to receiving assistance.

MVAC IS NOT A SHELTER.

MVAC’S HOMELESS PREVENTION FUNDS CANNOT PAY FOR TEMPORARY HOUSING (HOTELS).

Contact

Persons should contact their local MVAC office to be screened. There may need to be more than one appointment prior to issuance of funds.