Emergency Family Shelter Program
Description - The Emergency Family Shelter Program provides temporary shelter and intensive case management services for homeless families with dependent children. Families are eligible to stay in a shelter unit for a temporary period of 30 days with extensions up to 45 days. Families must agree to participate in case management services to remain in the shelter.
The Emergency Family Shelter Program is located at Maple Park Manor; a property consisting of two buildings of 12 units: 2 one-bedroom units and 10 two-bedroom units. Of the 24 units, 1 unit is an office to deliver case management services; 8 units are temporary emergency shelter; and the remaining 15 units are Permanent Supportive Housing for homeless families.
Under a three-way Memorandum of Agreement, the Champaign County Continuum of Care is responsible for administration and oversight of all program policies and procedures for the eight shelter units including furnishings, housekeeping and preparing units for re-occupancy. United Way funds intensive case management services and manages the Case Management Services Contract with Regional Planning. HACC is responsible for property management and building maintenance services for all units in the property. HACC provides Project Based Vouchers for the 15 transitional units and an operating subsidy to support the 8 Emergency Shelter Units. The operating subsidy is equal to the actual per unit operating costs.
Upon successful completion of one year of compliance with Case Management Services and residing in a Permanent Supportive Housing unit, families will be eligible to request conversion of project based assistance to a tenant based voucher. Case Management staff will assist the families in locating alternate housing with the tenant based voucher. This turnover will provide for the availability of a Permanent Supportive Housing unit to another family in the Emergency Shelter Program.
Update on Status of Activity - This activity is fully implemented and will be ongoing with modifications described below.
Changes or Modifications – In 2018, HACC will clarify and/or modify this activity as follows:
- Families residing in the Shelter units will transfer to the Permanent Supportive Housing units or may be eligible to receive a tenant based voucher to locate alternate housing when determined by the Case Management Staff.
- Families in the Permanent Supportive Housing units shall be eligible to receive a tenant based voucher to locate alternate housing when determined by the Case Management Staff but may not remain in the Permanent Supportive Housing unit beyond 12 months.
- Case Management Staff will assist the families in locating alternate housing with the tenant based voucher. This turnover will provide for the availability of a Permanent Supportive Housing unit to another family in the Emergency Shelter Program.
- Families receiving a tenant based voucher will be exempt from the MTW Local Self-Sufficiency requirements for one year. Upon the first anniversary of the lease agreement under the tenant based voucher, families must be compliant with MTW LSS requirements.