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MICA program helps the homeless and near homeless

April 9, 2011
Toledo Chronicle, Tama News-Herald
TAMA NEWS-HERALD - Mid-Iowa Community Action, Inc. (MICA) is accepting applications for its Homeless Prevention and Rapid Rehousing Program (HPRP) in Tama County.

“HPRP provides the short-term assistance necessary to help an individual or family through a tough time,” HPRP Coordinator Tony Grego said. “But it also provides the education and skills necessary to make positive long-term changes, which help lead to a life of self-sufficiency.”

HPRP helps individuals and families who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless by providing funds to pay rent, rental deposits, utility deposits and payments, temporary housing costs and moving expenses.

In addition, HPRP participants receive support services such as credit repair counseling as well as help locating housing.

Who is eligible for HPRP services?

·Individuals and families who are homeless or would become homeless if not for HPRP assistance.

·Households willing to participate in family financial counseling.

·Individuals and families who meet income guidelines. In Tama County, a family of four can earn no more than $28,500 to qualify.

·Individuals and families able to remain in their housing after the removal of HPRP assistance.

·Individuals and families whose rent falls within U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development's Fair Market Value Guidelines.

Who is not eligible?

·Individuals and families who have been homeless more than three times in the last year.

·Individuals and families receiving Section 8 or other income-based housing.

·Individuals and families unable to remain in their housing after removal of HPRP assistance.

·Those seeking assistance with mortgage payments.

To learn more, call HPRP Financial Counselor Jodi Rowe at 641-484-4713.



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