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Rental Assistance Program (RAP)


Rental Assistance

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Rental Assistance Program (RAP)

The Rental Assistance Program provides a subsidy to help homeless and employed households transition into financial independence and adequate housing. The program is run by the Coalition for the Homeless.

  • Upon approval for the RAP program a maximum rent budget is set for each client based on their income. The RAP program pays a monthly subsidy of $300.00 for singles or $450.00 for families directly to the landlord; RAP clients pay the difference of the monthly rent.
  • Families with at least one dependent child under the age of 18 and single individuals must be employed full time and be currently homeless in shelter to apply.
  • RAP applicants must meet specific income requirements to show that they will be able to meet their rent responsibility with the RAP supplement (see chart below).  
Minimum NET Monthly Income Required by Family Size
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  • In addition to receiving a rent subsidy, RAP families participate in ongoing case management, employment, and education activities. Participants meet with their Case Managers monthly over the course of the two year program to develop and implement strategies to increase their job skills, earning potential and ability to afford their rent after graduating from the program.

For more information about the program, please visit the Coalition for the Homeless's website.


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