Emergency Shelter Grant Program
The population to be served through this program will include those households considered to be homeless and that are in one of the following emergency situations:
- Have lost the use of their home due to disasters such as fires, storms and/or floods.
- Forced to leave their homes due to abusive situations.
- Currently living in tents, cars or other inappropriate housing situations.
- May be homeless as a result of mental health problems or recently released from a correctional facility.
A person is considered to be homeless only when he/she resides in one of the places described below:
- In places not meant for human habitation, such as cars, parks, sidewalks, and abandoned buildings.
- In an emergency shelter.
- In transitional or supportive housing (for homeless persons who originally came from the streets or emergency shelters.
- In any of the above places but is spending a short time (up to 30 consecutive days) in a hospital or other institution.
- Is 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.
Inter-County Community Council assists participants throughout our entire service area including; Clearwater, Pennington, Red Lake and East Polk Counties. Households eligible for assistance are those that are homeless and who have incomes that do not exceed 185% of the federal poverty level. Eligibility is based on the household’s gross income for the first three months prior to the month of application. Households must prove that they will be able to support and sustain themselves in the months following the assistance. Proof of income is required to ensure that they are able to meet their immediate housing needs. Inter-County reserves the right to determine whether or not to assist each household.
Participants will be required to complete an assessment and also to develop goals for on-going case management. Case management will include monthly visits to promote self-sufficiency. Clients will be enrolled in the program until one or more of the following goals have been reached:
- Their housing situation has stabilized for at least 3 months.
- They have secured employment.
- They have maintained their budget.
- They have achieved other individual goals set upon entry.
- The six month limit of on-going case management has been reached.
Clients are usually financially assisted in the form of a grant with this program.