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Project HOME - Homeless Prevention and Rapid Re-Housing
(989) 758-4357
What Is Project HOME?
Project HOME, Household Occupancy Maintained Efficiently, is a program through the United Way of Saginaw County. Grant dollars for homeless prevention and rapid re-housing have been received from the Michigan State Housing Development Authority (MSHDA) and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). These dollars have made it possible, through Project HOME, to provide short term assistance to prevent homelessness and quickly re-house people who have become homeless. Through an extensive interview process, our trained professionals will be able to determine an individual's or family's eligibility to receive assistance.
Getting Started
All recipients must meet specific criteria. An initial assessment will be done by an intake specialist over the phone by calling (989) 758-4357.


If the client meets minimum requirements they will be referred to our housing specialists on staff. Contact will be made to initiate a more in-depth screening process.
What Can Funds Be Used For?
  • Assistance with utility payments, deposits and arrearages
  • Assistance with homelessness prevention and/or rapid re-housing
  • Assistance with security deposits
  • Assistance with fair market rent

  - Efficiency - $425

  - 1 Bedroom - $564

  - 2 Bedroom - $709

  - 3 Bedroom - $944

  - 4 Bedroom - $1,088

*You may be required to pay security deposit and 1% of income toward rent
Who Is Eligible?
  • 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
        * 1 Person - $11,300
        * 2 Person - $12,900
        * 3 Person - $14,500
        * 4 Person - $16,100
        * 5 Person - $17,400
        * 6 Person - $18,700
        * 7 Person - $20,000
        * 8 Person - $21,300
What Will I Need?
In preparation for your interview with our housing specialist, you MUST have the following:
  • Personal Identification (driver's license, state ID card, etc.)
  • Homeless Certification (eviction letter, shelter verification letter)
  • Judgment of Eviction
  • Utility Shut Off Notice (if applicable)
  • SER Decision Notice 
  • 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 requests for aid from other agencies or programs
  • * Please DO NOT drop off 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