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NO WALK-INS WILL BE SERVED.
- Assistance with utility payments, deposits and arrearages
- Assistance with relocation
- Assistance with security deposits
- Assistance with fair market rent
- For eligibility, clients must:
- Be renting (home owners are NOT eligible)
- Agree to allow all information shared to be entered into the Michigan Homelessness Management Information System data base
- Be homeless or at imminent risk of becoming homeless
- Commit to following a Housing Plan for self-sufficiency
- Have received a decision of State Emergency Relief (SER) by the Department of Human Services
- Have a household income that is BELOW 30% AMI, illustrated below
- Personal Identification (driver's license, state ID card, etc.)
- Homeless Certification (eviction letter, shelter verification letter)
- Documentation of Eviction
- Utility Shut Off Notice (if applicable)
- SER Decision Notice application or decision letter
- Income verification (most recent pay stubs for ALL members of the household within the last 30 days)
- Documentation of Disability
- Documentation of Changes in Circumstances (pay stubs, utility bills)
- Bank Account statements including CD and Investment Documentation
- Social Security cards for ALL members of the household
- Copy of lease
- Letters substantiating other Homeless Prevention Assistance (where you went and letter MUST BE notarized)
- Proof of Registration at Michigan Works on the Michigan Talent Bank
- * Please DO NOT drop off missing paperwork without an appointment.
- * Failure to supply all of the above documents that apply to your situation will make you ineligible to move forward with the application process.
All recipients must meet specific criteria. An initial assessment will be done by an intake specialist over the phone by calling (989) 758-4357.
As of March 2012, the program has received more than 22,400 phone calls and provided emergency homelessness prevention assistance for more than 1,400 families. More than 180 families have received rapid re-housing emergency assistance. "We are proud of our excellent collaborative relationship with United Way," said Odail Thorns, City of Saginaw director of development. "We (the City) jointly achieved our mark of excellence as we administered Project HOME in our community. Through this 1.3 million dollar initiative, hope has been brought to so many homeless individuals and families in our community," said Thorns.
Since the program started in November of 2009, Project HOME has been one of the best resources for individuals who might not otherwise be eligible for services at other agencies. "A single mother of two was living at a homeless shelter after losing her home due to the expenses of a custody battle. Project HOME was able to provide the first month's rent and security deposit to get her back into her own home. Shortly thereafter, she was able to gain employment, her custody issue was resolved and she now has permanent housing in Saginaw County where she lives with her two children." ~Project HOME Caseworker