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GR Housing Subsidy Program

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Rental Subsidy

We can help you with a rent subsidy of up to $475 per month for one person and up to $950 for a couple. You are required to contribute $100 from your monthly General Relief grant toward your rent. The $475 subsidy plus the $100 deduction from the General Relief grant, a total of $575, will be paid directly to the landlord once housing is approved.

Your participation in the rental subsidy program is voluntary and is limited to three times in a life-time for any person. You must continue to be eligible for General Relief to remain in the program.  

Basic Eligibility Requirements

To participate in this program, you must tell us that you’re experiencing homelessness and:

  • You do not have a permanent, fixed, and regular nighttime home; or
  • Share a home with family or friends on a temporary basis; or
  • You are temporarily staying in either a publicly or privately-operated and supervised shelter;
  • You are staying in a public or private place not made for, or ordinarily used as, a regular sleeping accommodation for human beings;
  • You are at risk of being evicted and meet the following requirements to prevent the eviction:
    • Provide verification (notice of eviction or three-day notice to pay or quit);
    • Agree to the $100 deduction from the approved General Relief grant for one person; $200 deduction for a couple; and
    • The landlord agrees not to evict you, if the housing subsidy is approved.
Move-In Assistance Fund

The once-in-a-lifetime Move-In Assistance Funds can help you with up to $500 to pay for move-in costs and may be used for:

·       Security deposits

·       Utility deposits/turn on fees

·       Moving cost (including truck rental)

·       Overdue storage facility fees

·       Refrigerator and/or stove (if the rental lacks the appliance)

·       Any other required costs (e.g. key deposits)

How to Apply

If you’re experiencing homelessness, you may be referred to the General Relief Housing Subsidy Case Management Program by your Eligibility Worker, GROW Case Manager, Social Worker, or SSI Advocate at any of our 14 General Relief District offices. You may also walk-in to see a General Relief Housing Case Manager. If this worker is not available, DPSS can schedule an appointment for you.