Rental Assistance Program

The Rental Assistance Program (RAP) will fund up to $750,000 in rental assistance in each of FY2016 and FY2017 to eligible individuals who receive Home and Community-Based Services (HCBS) Waivers, and are moving from a state-operated Developmental Center (DC) or a privately or county-operated ICF/IID into smaller, community homes of their choosing. The intent of this program is to provide rental assistance until the individual becomes eligible for any other local, state, or federal rental assistance funding. 

Learn more about RAP by viewing this webinar.                  

Eligibility

  1. An Individual (long-term resident only) moves from a DC to a community setting and is enrolled on a waiver
  2. An individual living in a non-DC ICF/IID who leaves the ICF and is enrolled on a waiver.
  3. An individual has demonstrated need
    1. Rents and utilities exceed 30 percent of individual's adjusted gross income
    2. HUD rent voucher not available - must document application and denial or waiting list
  4. Must access HOME CHOICE funding
  5. Individual must have a lease or rental agreement with the landlord

Scope of Availability

  1. May be used in homes previously funded with DODD Community Capital Assistance (purchase and/or renovation)
  2. Landlord may be not-for-profit or for profit entity
  3. May be in a licensed or non-licensed setting
  4. Available to all counties – must be used as a documented last resort and may not supplant county funds being used for rental assistance; the Department makes determination as to eligible counties
  5. Funding to be determined as applications are received
  6. Subject to availability of funds as determined by the Department

Responsibilities of DODD

  1. Provide education and training on new program
  2. Establish assistance parameters (Fair Market Rent, assistance formula)
  3. Distribute Rental Assistance Application (PDF) to be used by County Boards
  4. Review, approve applications, notify counties
  5. Develop payment system; refer to the Rental Assistance Program Invoicing Guidelines for more information
  6. Develop home inspection criteria and process
  7. Provide ongoing technical assistance

Responsibilities of County Board and/or Housing Corporation

  1. Determine that individual meets eligibility criteria
  2. Complete and submit a Rental Assistance Application (PDF) with/for individual
  3. Assist individual in finding housing – works with potential landlords
  4. Conduct initial inspection of house
  5. Coordinate rent payments with landlord
  6. Track rent payments – submit documentation as required by DODD
  7. Maintain annual eligibility
  8. Conduct annual inspections of house

For questions or more information, contact Katie Schroeder at Katie.Schroeder@dodd.ohio.gov or 614-752-2342.