Housing Programs

May 14, 2021

Portage Metropolitan Housing Authority operates many housing programs that can help you and your family secure stable, affordable housing. Operating a broad variety of programs maximizes PMHA’s funding to provide housing aid to as many of our low income community members as possible. 

Some of the most popular programs are the Moving to Work Section 8 Voucher program and Homeownership program. Below, we’ll discuss four programs that help you find and keep housing.

Shelter Plus Care Program

If you are currently homeless and have a disability, the Shelter Plus Care (S+C) Program is right for you. This program provides housing and supportive services on a long-term basis, so you can receive the boost you need to find and maintain stable housing. 

S+C was created as part of the HEARTH Act, which consolidates the three separate McKinney-Vento homeless assistance programs. It provides both rental assistance and supportive services with the goal of improving your overall quality of life. 

PMHA’s S+C Program includes tenant-based rental assistance, sponsor-based rental assistance, project-based rental assistance, and rehabilitated single room occupancy dwellings.

Foster Youth to Independence

The Foster Youth to Independence (FYI) initiative allows PMHA to provide Tenant Protection Vouchers for youth (under 25) who have just left or are soon leaving foster care. Housing assistance is available for up to three years. 

FYI gives foster youth a grace period to establish self-sufficiency. Transitioning out of foster care can be difficult, but housing assistance can help provide a safe, stable foundation for the next chapter of your life. 

Family Self- Sufficiency (FSS)

Family Self Sufficiency (FSS) is a program that enables families to increase their earned income with the goal of financial independence. PMHA works with each family individually to establish goals, including short and long-term employment and financial goals for the family, and steps to take to achieve those goals. Typically, the plan spans a five year period. 

Veteran Affairs Supportive Housing

The Veteran Affairs Supportive Housing program provides Housing Choice Vouchers to homeless veterans in collaboration with the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). The VA provides case management and clinical services at their community clinics and medical centers. This program helps you receive the support you need while securing stable, affordable housing. 

Other Programs from Portage Metropolitan Housing Authority

Other housing programs from PMHA include the Moving to Work Section 8 Voucher program and the Homeownership program. These two programs have broader eligibility than the ones above. 

Moving to Work Section 8 Voucher Program

Moving to Work is a HUD housing program that increases the housing choices available to low-income Portage County residents. It also helps them become self-sufficient through finding employment, for an all around boost in stability

Homeownership Program

This program helps Section 8 and Public Housing participants purchase a home. Participants use their Section 8 Vouchers toward a monthly mortgage payment, rather than a monthly rental payment. Their homes can be off the market or new builds. Since 2001, this program has helped seventy Portage County residents purchase their homes. 

We also offer additional housing programs and more. If you’re unsure about the best affordable housing program for you and your family, reach out to PMHA! We are always happy to talk with you about your options. 

Housing Programs in Portage County

Rental and home ownership assistance can make a huge difference in the quality of your life. PMHA is here to help with supportive housing programs for low-income Portage County community members. 

Interested in any of the programs mentioned here? Reach out to us today so we can discuss your options.

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