Additional funds to assist in meeting the needs of homeless individuals and families will soon be available in the City of Cape Girardeau, Cape Girardeau County and the City of Jackson, thanks to a U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG) program.
The grant, from the Missouri Housing Development Commission in the amount of $194,250, went to several area organizations. The Safe House for Women received $50,000 for shelter operation, the Community Caring Council received $67,500 for Homeless Prevention and $67,500 for Rapid Re-Housing programming, and the City received $9,250.00 for Administration.
The Community Caring Council is implementing a portion of the grant program through the City of Cape Girardeau. Funds will assist in transitioning eligible participants into permanent housing. Funding will also assist individuals and families that are at “imminent risk” of becoming homeless through temporary measures.
Eligible individuals must meet HUD’s definition of “literally homeless” or “at imminent risk of homelessness”. To determine eligibility for program funding, individuals and families must be screened by Community Caring Council staff.
Eligible individuals and families must also have an annual income below 30 percent of median income for the area and meet additional criteria set forth by HUD. Individuals most likely to be served will be residing in emergency shelter or those that are receiving a court ordered eviction from their property owner.
The Homeless Prevention and Rapid Re-Housing programs begin Monday, April 1, 2013.
To determine if someone is eligible, please contact:
Jaime Ludwig, MSW
Community Caring Council
937 Broadway Suite 306
Cape Girardeau, MO 63701
(573) 651-3747 ext. 107