North Central Community Action Program Main Office Wausau

Confidential Formerly Fulton House
Wausau, WI 54403

715-842-0681 Visit Website
Class of Housing/Services: Transitional Housing

General Information:
Emergency Housing Assistance Fund The mission statement of the EHAF Program is to insure no resident of the communities we serve remains or becomes homeless.  The Emergency Housing Assistance Fund facilitated the creation of a multi-agency consortium in Marathon County that has, to this day, been entrusted with the responsibility of providing homeless prevention services to residents of Marathon County.  In every sense of the word, EHAF is a community effort. Four agencies comprise this consortium. EHAF is a rent subsidy for those persons who have a documented crisis.  For example a medical emergency temporarily causing loss of hours at work, or an extenuating circumstance causing discretionary income to be utilized for the situation.  EHAF is not for a security deposit and/or first and last month's rent.  This isn't a fund to help someone move out of their current housing situation. It is for crisis situations. In addition, Emergency Housing Assistance is available at our North Central CAP offices in Wood and Lincoln Counties. Eligibility for EHAF includes: Must be a resident of the County utilizing the funds Individuals and families have three or more barriers to housing stability as identified in the initial assessment Individuals and families must have an income source to be eligible for rental assistance. An income source allows for ongoing rent payments to be made by the client after assistance has been provided.  An income may be SSI or SSDI. Clients agree to pay their portion of rent and must provide documentation of payment in the rental assistance program. Individuals and families are threatened with an eviction notice or other housing challenges to be eligible for emergency rental assistance Individuals and families must be willing to provide required documentation and cooperate with follow-up appointments with their case managers and outreach workers Landlords must be willing to work with the clients and guarantee 30 days of additional housing to the client once EHAF assistance is provided Individuals and families agree to participate in program follow-up conducted by United Way’s 2-1-1 for emergency rental assistance   Housing and Homeless Prevention Homelessness Prevention is funding and programming for low-income individuals and households who are imminently at risk of becoming homeless. North Central Community Action Program Housing First Programs include: Rapid Re-Housing What are ‘Housing First’ assistance programs for the homeless? North Central Community Action partners with the federal and state government on offering the Housing First program in Wood, Marathon, and Lincoln counties. This program will try to help the mid to long term homeless find an affordable home (apartment) to live in. The program helps with paying expenses, including offering rent subsidies and providing long term case management for support services. This program differs from many other services as the client is first placed into a safe and affordable apartment. It attempts to completely bypass a shelter or other short term, transitional home. This means providing shelter is even more important than creating self-sufficiency. Only after placement will the individual be asked to participate in other services, such as counseling, enrollment into substance abuse treatment or job training. The approach implemented by Housing First is just that; find a place for the person/family to live and then address other needs. Once a family has a permanent residence to come home to every day, many studies show that it is then easier to achieve the goal of long term housing stability. Many of the clients of Housing First are chronically homeless, or have been without stable accommodations for many months. While the definition of how long that time-frame needs to be will vary by administering agency and county, a priority will usually be for those applicants that have been homeless for 6 months or more. There is also an emphasis on individuals with a significant barrier that they need to overcome. HUD emphasizes assistance goes to applicants with drug or alcohol issues to help overcome their addiction, the disabled, whether from a physical condition, chronic illness, or mental condition, and veterans. Many county and city governments rely on Community Action Programs to address this homelessness crisis. Our Rapid Re-Housing uses the Coordinated Entry Pre-Screen system: Coordinated Entry means 'no wrong door'. If you need housing assistance, rather than apply at several agencies you can complete a pre-screen form to determine eligibility for multiple housing programs in Wood, Marathon, and Lincoln Counties. Based on your current situation and level of need, you will be referred to the prioritization list. If/when a program has an available housing opportunity, the person or family with the greatest level of need will be contacted and advised of the opening. Requirements/Conditions of Rapid Re-Housing ·  Household income is at or below 30% of the County Median Income ·  Individual(s) must be literally homeless ·  Individual(s) will have case management weekly for 3 months ·  A housing stabilization plan will be in place ·  NCCAP pays the subsidy to the landlord, the tenant pays their portion to the landlord ·  This program is designed for those households that face significant challenges to maintaining stable housing, lack sufficient other resources or support networks to sustain housing without assistance


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