Emergency Housing Voucher Program

 

 

The Housing Authority of Champaign County (HACC) is among hundreds of public housing authorities that received HUD-funded Emergency Housing Vouchers (EHVs) awarded through the American Rescue Plan Act. The EHV program is a partnership with the Champaign County Continuum of Service Providers to the Homeless. EHVs provide a tenant-based rental subsidy to assist individuals and families meet certain eligibility criteria:

1.       Experiencing homelessness as defined by HUD

  • An individual or family who has a primary nighttime residence that is not designed for human habitation, such as a car, park, abandoned building; living in an emergency shelter, transitional housing, or a hotel/motel paid for by a charitable organization or government
  • Full definition can be found at 24 CFR 578.3

2.       At risk of experiencing homelessness

  • An individual or family who:
    • Has an annual income below 30% of median family income (see below table)
    • Does not have sufficient resources or support networks to prevent them from moving to an emergency shelter
    • Meets a risk factor associated with entering homelessness, such as has moved for economic reasons 2+ times in the past 60 days, is living in the home of another because of economic hardship, or has been notified that their right to occupy their current housing will be terminated within 21 days.
    • Full definition can be found at 24 CFR 578.3

3.       Recently experienced homelessness or have a high risk of housing instability

  • Individuals and families who have previously been classified as homeless by a CSPH member agency, but who are not currently homeless as a result of homeless assistance, temporary rental assistance, or some type of other assistance.

4.       Fleeing or attempting to flee domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, stalking or human trafficking

The HACC and CSPH administer a total of 113 EHVs. HACC works with the Champaign County Continuum of Service Providers to the Homeless to obtain referrals for these vouchers; depending on which eligibility you meet in the list above, please contact the appropriate Coordinated Entry System Access Point listed below to arrange an intake:

For HUD “Literally Homeless” Households– Contact Centralized Intake for the Homeless at homeless-services@ccrpc.org to set up an intake.

For At-Risk Households– confirm your income eligibility using the table in blue. For example, if you are a household of one and make less than $18,150 annually, you would meet income eligibility.

Persons in Family 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
Income Limit for 30% $18,150 $20,750 $23,350 $26,500 $31,040 $35,580 $40,120 $44,660.00

If you meet annual income requirements and are within 21 days of losing housing, please reach out to:

City of Champaign Township at bailee.vanantwerp@champaignil.gov to set up an intake

Cunningham Township Supervisor’s Office at 217.384.4144 or jen@cunninghamtownship.org

For Recently Homeless households– Recently Homeless households are those homeless households that have been housed recently through a CSPH housing rent subsidy. Your caseworker will contact you to coordinate a referral to EHV.

For households fleeing Domestic Violence– Contact Courage Connection at 217-384-4390. A staff member answering the hotline will assess your safety and screen you for eligibility for emergency shelter. A victim advocate will work with you to get you referred to Coordinated Entry.