The mission statement of the EHAF Program is to insure no resident of the communities we serve remains or becomes homeless. The Emergency Housing Assistance Fund facilitated the creation of a multi-agency consortium in Marathon County that has, to this day, been entrusted with the responsibility of providing homeless prevention services to residents of Marathon County. In every sense of the word, EHAF is a community effort.
EHAF is a one month rent subsidy (partial or full, to be determined by caseworker) for those persons who have a documented crisis. For example a medical emergency temporarily causing loss of hours at work, or an extenuating circumstance causing discretionary income to be utilized for the situation. EHAF is not for a security deposit and/or first and last month's rent. This isn't a fund to help someone move out of their current housing situation. It is for crisis situations and to help people remain housed.
Emergency Housing Assistance is available at our North Central CAP offices in Marathon, Wood, and Lincoln Counties.
Eligibility for EHAF includes:
--Must be a resident of the County utilizing the funds
--Must not have been assisted by this program in the prior 12 months
--Individuals and families have three or more barriers to housing stability as identified in the initial assessment
--Individuals and families must have an income source to be eligible for rental assistance. An income source allows for ongoing rent payments to be made by the client after assistance has been provided. An income may be SSI or SSDI.
--Clients agree to pay their portion of rent and must provide documentation of the payment to the landlord.
--Individuals and families are threatened with an eviction notice or other housing challenges to be eligible for emergency rental assistance
--Individuals and families must be willing to provide required documentation and cooperate with follow-up appointments with their case managers
--Landlords must be willing to work with the clients and guarantee 30 days of additional housing to the client once EHAF assistance is provided
--Individuals and families agree to participate in program follow-up conducted by Agency providing assistance