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Tenant-Based Rental Assistance (TBRA)

The purpose of the HOME TBRA is to provide housing assistance for renters.

The County has emphasized renters with special needs to assist them with housing costs. These special needs renters may be the chronic homeless, elderly, and/or disabled residents, or children aging out of foster care, in need of housing.

Also, to provide short and medium-term tenant-based rental housing assistance to individuals and families who are homeless, at risk of becoming homeless, or threatened with economic displacement. Other eligible persons can participate.

The amount, level, and term of such assistance shall be based on a sliding scale determined by household income. The subsidy provided is specific to and for the resident household and follows the resident as they move, but is limited to Miami-Dade County. The renter is issued a coupon (voucher) to search for a unit. The renter is required to contribute 30 percent of their monthly adjusted income towards the approved rent. The recipient may receive a grant for security deposit, or security deposit along with utility deposit.

Program Design and Regulatory Citations

The HOME TBRA is designed to mimic the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program (S8 HCV).

General program information can be found at 24 CFR Part 5, such as income and other eligibility issues. Program specific information can be found at 24 CFR Part 982, that speak to HQS and rent reasonableness.

The HOME TBRA regulations can be found at 24 CFR, Part 92. These regulations are intended to assist the applicant in providing a responsive application for consideration. The program can also be a stand alone deposit assistance program, providing security and utility deposits to eligible families that are relocating.

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Eligible Uses of Assistance

The HOME assistance in this RFA is for ongoing rental assistance, utility deposits, and security deposits. These are the only allowable expenses for the funds associated with this solicitation.

Rents must be reasonable as set forth by HUD and should be documented as such.

Deposits for utilities are limited to water, sewer, trash, electric and gas and are for first time utilities and not for subsequent moves. The deposits should be reasonable and based on market practices. Security deposits may be the equivalent of no more than two months rents or less. Both utility and security deposits will only be paid once. Security deposits may be paid as a standalone, however, utility deposits may be paid in conjunction with the security deposits.

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Ongoing Responsibilities and Monitoring

The selected applicant is responsible for collecting, reviewing and approving the dwelling lease assuring its compliance with state law and program regulations. The lease should be for 12 months unless the two parties agree for a lesser term. An agreement must be executed with the owner agreeing to lease the property under HOME TBRA and abide by the program rules. The owner contract should run concurrent with the dwelling lease.

Ongoing activities include lease renewals, review rent increases, recertify income, re-inspect the dwelling unit, and assure compliance with all program regulations. The selected applicant should also maintain a waiting list for program participants. This list should be available for inspection.

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Eligible Participants

The participants for TBRA must be low-income. Therefore, their annual gross income cannot exceed 80 percent of the area median income. At least 90 percent of the participants assisted must be at 60 percent of area median income. Preference will be given to participant(s) who are disabled, elderly and/or the chronic homeless as defined by US HUD, but also includes children aging out of foster care.

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Tenant Selection

The selected applicant must have written policies on how they select participants. These policies must be available for inspection by HUD, the County or the public. The policies should describe the application process. It should spell out when applications are accepted and where they will be accepted. It should also speak to how the program will be marketed and the method of the application process (in person, by phone, or other).

Occupancy standards should be included in the policy along with a plan for landlord and participant outreach. The policy should speak to fair housing requirements as well as Americans with Disabilities Act and Section 504 compliance. The policy should also speak to participant compliance issues and the consequences of non-compliance, such as eviction or termination of assistance, along with any grievance requirements.

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Subsidy Limitations

The subsidy is limited to the difference between the payment standard that applies (in this case 100 percent of the published Fair Market Rent (FMR)) and 30 percent of the participant’s monthly adjusted income.

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Eligible Units

Public or privately owned units can be used in the program. The units must meet Housing Quality Standards (HQS) prior to the commencement of any assistance. The rents must be reasonable. The units cannot have duplicative subsidy attached, such as a project-based Section 8 unit or a public housing unit.

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Second Chance for Aging Out Foster Care Youth

Provide Tenant-based Rental Assistance (TBRA) for youth aging out of foster care ranging in age from 18 - 23 with incomes below 60% of AMI.  Countywide program to provide housing, case management, and supportive services.
Lutheran Services Florida

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CARRFOUR Tenant Based Rental Assistance

Provide Tenant-based Rental Assistance (TBRA) to 10 low-income homeless families impacted by disabilities.
CARRFOUR Supportive Housing, Inc.

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Page Last Edited: Fri Apr 19, 2013 10:28:53 AM

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