Project Components

Referrals: Once a referral is received, Case Managers gather basic information regarding the household’s current situation and determine preliminary eligibility criteria for various services.  RTH Case Managers refer to other resources as necessary including housing, medical coverage, mental and chemical health services, legal services, and any other basic needs.

Outreach:
If a household appears to be eligible and is willing, RTH Case Managers continue to work with them to improve their current situation.  Case Managers may provide transportation to appointments, advice and assistance in filling out applications, and support in navigating the often-confusing maze of services.

Shelter Case Management: RTH provides case management services in conjunction with AEOA and RMHC in the local shelters.  If there is room, households may stay in the local shelters for up to 30 days or up to 90 days in short-term transitional beds.  During this time, Case Managers assist with helping the household in securing and completing applications for housing, income, and benefits as well as other services including employment services.

Transitional Housing (THP):
Currently, RTH rents 7 Transitional Housing units in the Hibbing area from private landlords and 20 units in the Virginia area.  The THP Program helps homeless families and individuals with securing and maintaining housing for up to 24 months.  Issues that arise are dealt with in a timely fashion and RTH provides landlords with additional securities in the event that the household creates problems for the landlord or neighbors.  Case Managers provide weekly home visits and monthly home inspections to ensure that needs are being met and units are kept up at an acceptable level.  RTH works as a liaison between the tenants and the landlords and often mediates differences as well as provides support to both tenant and landlord.

Furniture Program: This is a program that utilizes community donations to help furnish apartments.  It serves not only RTH participants but also any low-income household that is in need depending on availability.

Permanent Housing Program: This is a permanent program that serves those who are currently disabled and meet HUD’s definition of homelessness.  It is a scattered-site program and currently houses 8 households in the Hibbing area and 11 in the Virginia area.

Chronic Permanent Housing Program:
This permanent program serves those who are currently disabled and meet HUD’s definition of chronically homeless. It is also a scattered-site program that currently houses 23 households in the Hibbing and Virginia areas.

Chronic Permanent Housing

General Information:

  • Start Date: Year 6 August 1st, 2011 through July 31, 2012
  • Term: 1 year
  • Funding Sources(FY 2011-2012)
    • Primary: HUD Supportive Housing Grant (HUD-SHP)
    • Secondary: Community Development Block Grant (CDBG)
      • Emergency Shelter Grant (ESG)-
      • United Way of NE MN
      • Rental Income
  • Total Households to be served: 23 Individuals in scattered-site units


Section B

Household Eligibility Criteria:  All participants must meet HUD’s definition of Chronic Homelessness.  HUD’s definition is as follows:

The participant must be residing in places not meant for human habitation, such as cars, parks, sidewalks, and abandoned buildings.  Or, they must be residing in a shelter.

And

A Chronically Homeless Person is an unaccompanied homeless individual with a disabling condition who has either been continuously homeless for a year or more or had at least four (4) episodes of homelessness in the past three (3) years.

A Disabling Condition is defined as a diagnosable substance use disorder, serious mental illness, developmental disability, or chronic physical illness or disability including the co-occurrence of two or more of these conditions.  In defining Chronic Homeless, the term homeless means a person sleeping in a place not meant for human habitation (e.g. living on the streets) or in an emergency shelter.

Ineligible Households include those who are coming from Transitional Housing, those being evicted, those doubled-up, those who are at risk of losing their housing, those leaving treatment centers or institutions.

Ineligible persons include those in prison for more than 30 days, those paying more than 30% of their income for rent, those in substandard housing, those living with relatives or friends, those in overcrowded housing, those who are wards of the state or in foster care, those in the state mental health system which has a discharge plan such as a Minnesota rule 36 facility, IRTS and those court order programs that include housing.

Permanent Housing

General Information:

  • Start Date: Year 11     May 1st, 2011 through April 30, 2012
  • Term: 1 year
  • Funding Sources(FY 2011-2012)
    • Primary: HUD Supportive Housing Grant (HUD-SHP)
    • Secondary:  Community Development Block Grant (CDBG)
      • United Way of NE MN
      • St. Louis County ESG
      • Rental Income
  • Total Households to be served:  19 Individuals or Families in scattered-site units

Section B
Household Eligibility Criteria:  All participants must meet HUD’s definition of Homelessness for Permanent Supportive Housing renewal grants.  HUD’s definition is as follows:

The participant must be residing in (1) places not meant for human habitation, such as cars, parks, sidewalks, and abandoned buildings; (2) in an emergency shelter; or (3) in Transitional housing for homeless persons who originally came from the streets or an emergency shelter. (4) In addition, persons who ordinarily sleep on the street or in an emergency or transitional housing but are spending a short time (30 consecutive days or less) in a hospital or other institution will also be considered eligible for assistance

Please Note
:

A member of the household must have a severe disability that impairs their ability to live independently without support services and supportive housing in order for the household to obtain permanent housing under the Supportive Housing Program of HUD. The definition of disability is referred to in the McKinney Vento Act and includes those whose primary diagnosis may include a severe chemical addiction such as alcoholism or drug abuse.

Ineligible persons include those in prison for more than 30 days, those paying more than 30% of their income for rent, those in substandard housing, those living with relatives or friends, those in overcrowded housing, those who are wards of the state or in foster care, those in the state mental health system which has a discharge plan such as a Minnesota rule 36 facility, IRTS and those court order programs that include housing.

Hibbing Transitional Housing

General Information:

  • Start Date: Year 15  April 1st, 2011 through March 31, 2012
  • Term: 1 year
  • Funding Sources(FY 2011-2012)
    • Primary: HUD Supportive Housing Grant (HUD-SHP)
    • Secondary: Family Homeless Prevention (FHPAP)
      • Duluth Superior Foundation-Central Mesabi Fund
      • Community Development Block Grant (CDBG)
      • United Way of NE MN
      • Emergency Shelter Grant (ESG)
      • Rental Income
  • Total Households to be served: 7 Individuals or Families in scattered-site units


Section B

Household Eligibility Criteria:  All participants must meet HUD’s definition of Homelessness for Transitional Housing renewal grants.  HUD’s definition is as follows:

The participant must be residing in (1) places not meant for human habitation, such as cars, parks, sidewalks, and abandoned buildings; (2) in an emergency shelter; or (3) in Transitional housing for homeless persons who originally came from the streets or an emergency shelter. (4) In addition, persons who ordinarily sleep on the street or in an emergency or transitional housing but are spending a short time (30 consecutive days or less) in a hospital or other institution will also be considered eligible for assistance
Please Note
You may also serve persons who, but for assistance from these programs, would be living on the streets. This includes persons:
(A) being evicted within a week from a private dwelling unit and no subsequent residence has been identified and the person lacks the resources and support networks needed to obtain housing; or (B) being discharged within a week from an institution in which the person has been a resident for more than 30 consecutive days and no subsequent residence has been identified and he/she lacks the resources and support networks needed to obtain housing.

Ineligible persons include those in prison for more than 30 days, those paying more than 30% of their income for rent, those in substandard housing, those living with relatives or friends, those in overcrowded housing, those who are wards of the state or in foster care, those in the state mental health system which has a discharge plan such as a Minnesota rule 36 facility, IRTS and those court order programs that include housing.

Virginia Transitional Housing

General Information:

  • Start Date: Year 19- July 1st, 2011 through June 30, 2012
  • Term: 1 year
  • Funding Sources(FY 2011-2012)
    • Primary: Department of Human Services (OEO THP)
    • Secondary:
      • Community Development Block Grant (CDBG)
      • Family Homeless Prevention Assistance (FHPAP)
      • AEOA Shelter (HUD-SHP)
      • Emergency Shelter Grant (ESG)
      • United Way of NE MN
  • Total Households to be served:  20 Households on-site at Pine Mill Court


Section B

Household Eligibility Criteria:  All participants should meet HUD’s definition of Homelessness for Transitional Housing.  HUD’s definition is as follows:

The participant must be residing in (1) places not meant for human habitation, such as cars, parks, sidewalks, and abandoned buildings; (2) in an emergency shelter; or (3) in Transitional housing for homeless persons who originally came from the streets or an emergency shelter. (4) In addition, persons who ordinarily sleep on the street or in an emergency or transitional housing but are spending a short time (30 consecutive days or less) in a hospital or other institution will also be considered eligible for assistance
Please Note
You may also serve persons who, but for assistance from these programs, would be living on the streets. This includes persons:
(A) being evicted within a week from a private dwelling unit and no subsequent residence has been identified and the person lacks the resources and support networks needed to obtain housing; or (B) being discharged within a week from an institution in which the person has been a resident for more than 30 consecutive days and no subsequent residence has been identified and he/she lacks the resources and support networks needed to obtain housing.

Ineligible persons include those in prison for more than 30 days, those paying more than 30% of their income for rent, those in substandard housing, those living with relatives or friends, those in overcrowded housing, those who are wards of the state or in foster care, those in the state mental health system which has a discharge plan such as a Minnesota rule 36 facility, IRTS and those court order programs that include housing.