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Rental Assistance Program

The Rental Assistance Program (RAP) provides monthly rental assistance and one-time assistance for eligible people with developmental disabilities.

County board staff apply on behalf of eligible people.  Eligible people

  • are enrolled on one of DODD's waivers,
  • have recently moved from a developmental center or an intermediate care facility, and
  • have a lease or rental agreement in place.

Applicants for monthly rental assistance must also

  • be income-eligible - income that is equal to or less than 30% of area median gross income, and
  • complete a Housing Choice Voucher (Section 8 Voucher) application at the local public housing authority. If the waitlist is closed, the applicant should apply when the waitlist opens.

Those applying for one-time funds must also have documentation that demonstrates their need for assistance with a security deposit, one month's rent, or other one-time expense for which no other resources are available. 

RAP may only be utilized in eligible settings, which include, privately owned housing where a person, a non-profit, or a for-profit entity acts as the landlord, or homes purchased or renovated with Community Capital Assistance funding.

Selected housing must comply with fair market rent and safety inspection standards.

RAP is subject to the availability of funds. As applicants obtain a Housing Choice Voucher, or another subsidy, funds are made available for new people.

RAP is available to all county boards but must be used as a documented “last resort”. County boards are required to enter into an agreement with the department to administer RAP.

County boards should submit new applications for monthly and one-time assistance on the Rental Assistance Program Application form. County boards should use the Renewal Revision Application form for changes to a person’s benefit. A revision should be submitted when there is a change of address, a change of income, or a change in rent, or rent share.

Invoicing

RAP invoice templates are updated annually, therefore invoices must be submitted on the corresponding template for the fiscal year of the approved expenses. For example, reimbursements approved for FY22-23 must be submitted on FY22-23 templates. 

Invoices should be sent via email in Excel format. Use of improper templates or incomplete information may result in return of the invoice to the county board for corrections and may result in a delayed  payment.

One-time reimbursements must be invoiced separately from the monthly reimbursements using the appropriate RAP invoice templates. Reimbursements for multiple approved one-time RAP payments can be processed on a single invoice.

Invoices for one-time reimbursements must be submitted to the department within 30 days of the move-in date listed on the approved application.

County boards must submit a single monthly RAP invoice for all approved monthly RAP applications. The monthly invoice template has multiple tabs for additional applicants and will all total back to the initial invoice page.

If more than one monthly RAP invoice is submitted for a specific month, it must be notated in the email subject line when the invoice is submitted to the department. The invoice numbers are automatically generated, and the department will need to make a manual adjustment to the invoice number to prevent duplicate invoice numbers in OAKS.

Monthly RAP invoices must be submitted to the department within 30 days of the end of the reimbursement month. For example, invoices for July reimbursements are due by August 31.

Invoices are to be submitted via email to Felicia.Bond@DODD.Ohio.gov with the subject RAP invoice.