The Snow Belt Homeless Prevention Program assists Lewis County residents by providing Rapid Rehousing (RR) and Homeless Prevention (HP) services to those who are either experiencing a period of homelessness or those who are at imminent risk of becoming homeless (HUD Definition, Attachment 1). RR and HP services assist individuals and families with finding, obtaining and maintaining permanent, safe and affordable housing. Primary benefits of the Program can include, but are not limited to: referrals to specialized treatment centers, critical needs assistance (food, clothing, etc.), information and referrals to community supports that help prevent future periods of homelessness (employment, education, advocacy, etc.), short term financial assistance for temporary housing/shelter services, connection to ongoing affordable rental assistance programs, security deposit payments, utility deposit payments, moving costs and/or rental arrears.
Funding for Rapid Rehousing (“RR”) and Homeless Prevention (“HP”) services rendered under the Snow Belt Homeless Prevention Program are provided by:
· New York State Office of Temporary Disability (“OTDA”)- Solutions to End Homelessness Program (STEHP) Federal Emergency Services Grant (“ESG”)
· New York State Office of Temporary Disability (“OTDA”) Emergency Services Grant-Coronavirus Aid, Relieve and Economic Security Act (“ESG-CARES”); and
· U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Continuum of Care Program Grant (“HUD CoC”) via the Points North Housing Coalition (the local Continuum of Care for Jefferson Lewis and St. Lawrence Counties (NY-522)). RR service only.
ESG, ESG-CARES and HUD CoC are grant programs which provide capital to state and local governments for emergency housing support services. Funding from these resources assist nonprofit organizations with costs associated with the operation of programs which provide comprehensive supportive services aimed at housing stabilization.