Blue Earth, Brown, Faribault, Le Sueur, Martin, Nicollet, Sibley, Waseca, and Watonwan counties.
Households will be screened by MVAC staff using the following criteria to determine eligibility and appropriateness of services when funds are available:
- 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 eligibility (under 175% of the Federal Poverty Guideline) (documentation required)
- Housing affordability (basic housing costs-rent, electricity, gas, etc. less than 60% of net income/resources)
- Resolvability of crisis
- Ability to resolve crisis with their own or with other agencies’ resources
- Willingness to participate in follow up services and cooperation with past follow up requirements
- Length of time since past enrollment
- Likelihood that household will be able to maintain housing
- Cooperation with Employment Service Programs
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).