Affordable Housing, Community Development

Report Identifies Ways States Can Improve Housing Assistance Programs

Technical Assistance Collaborative

The Technical Assistance Collaborative (TAC) has released a report on State Funded Housing Assistance Programs (SFHAP) to serve as a guide for the design and administration of these programs. The report identifies seven key characteristics that are present in SFHAPs across the country that can be used to develop and modify programs:

  1. The majority of states have taken the initiative to address unmet housing needs by developing some type of SFHAP;
  2. Most SFHAPs are designed to meet the needs of a specific target population;
  3. SFHAPs are administered by various state agencies;
  4. In general, there are two models of housing assistance that states fund: Subsidy and Homelessness Prevention/Rapid Re-housing;
  5. Most Subsidy programs employ a tenant-based model for providing rental assistance;
  6. In general, households are not required to participate in supportive services in order to receive housing assistance; and
  7. Most Subsidy SFHAPs do not have a plan for transitioning to permanent housing assistance.

The report did not include any “model” programs, but instead presents information on both things that states currently do and things states should do when designing programs to make their programs better.

The report also includes state program profiles. There are three profiles for Connecticut –Elderly Rental Assistance Program, Eviction and Foreclosure Prevention Program, and Rental Assistance Program.

Click here for the full report.


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