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Boone County and Columbia Missouri homeless prevention and rapid rehousing.

Anyone that is homeless, renting a home or apartment, or that owns property can get help from Homeless Prevention and Rapid Rehousing services in Boone County Missouri. The federal government, using Emergency Solution Grants, as well as non-profit agencies such as the United Way, Rainbow House, Welcome Home Inc. and others all coordinate this program in the Columbia Missouri region.

The assistance that is part of HPRR comes in many forms. There is financial (grants or loans) as well as counseling (free mediation, legal advice, case management). Each and every application as well as situation is assessed on a one off basis for what type of support is given. The type of help also depends on funding levels, the applicant's financial situation, whether they rent or are homeless, and a host of other factors.

When applying for Rehousing and/or Homeless Prevention, be sure to bring proof of income. There also needs to be copies of a lease or mortgage; monthly rent or utility bill statements; eviction or foreclosure notices; copies of any public aid (SSI, SNAP, section 8, etc.); identification for all household members; employment details; and much more. The agencies that are being used in the Columbia County region may also have their own specific criteria.

Financial help for housing

As noted, one part of Columbia County Missouri homeless prevention and rapid rehousing is financial. This is generally paid for when the federal government allocates ESG grants to the community. The funds are disbursed by agencies as wide ranging as Catholic Charities, Community Action agencies, Columbia Housing Authority, the Salvation Army, or others.

All of the money is used to pay for housing needs to stop the eviction and/or foreclosure. Or funds can be used to pay for temporary housing, including rehousing programs. This is at the discretion of the agency. So what can be covered includes:




-Security deposits
-Back rent
-Utility bills, including heating, cooling, water, light, electric, etc.
-Partial mortgage payments
-Applications for a new lease
-Storage costs (in rare situations)

As noted, all of these funds tend to go quickly. Especially when it comes to rental arrears. As the amount of money allocated each year to the Columbia Missouri homeless prevention and rapid rehousing program is very limited. When the government grants are used up, there may be some short term, lower interest rate loans used by the agencies such as New Horizons Community Support Services, but those will even come with more restrictions.

Free Counseling

Homeless Prevention and Rapid Rehousing in Columbia Missouri can also include non-financial help. In fact this can be more possible to receive. As the underlying goal is to help the tenant, homeowner, or homeless person build the long term skills they need for stability. This type of support touches upon many different topics, ranging from resources to keep the current home or apartment to helping the client build self-sufficiency.

The free counseling can assist with the following. Similar to the financial aid referenced above, the type of support is varied.

-Free Mediation between tenants-landlords or homeowners/mortgage service companies
-Legal advice.
-Information on local resources in Boone County as well as state of Missouri.
-Case management, which is effective for the homeless and low to moderate income applicants.
-Referrals to other regional assistance programs, including section 8 from the Columbia Housing Authority. Or find more details on section 8 vouchers in Missouri.
-Lists of affordable, yet safe, apartments to live in.

The bottom line is that homeless prevention and rapid rehousing in the larger Boone County region incorporates many different approaches. There are also various non-profit agencies, charities, as well as social service providers that may be able to offer assistance. The solutions will tend to be “customized” based on the applicant's situation.





Applying for Boone County homeless prevention and rehousing

For more details on the programs available, call 211 for referrals or more information. As there are multiple agencies in Boone County Missouri that may assist.

By Jon McNamara

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