Last year, NRCA’s Homeless Prevention and Rapid Rehousing
programs assisted 86 households either at-risk of homelessness or homeless.
Funding assisted these families with rent and utility deposits, rent arrears, housing application fees, moving costs, and temporary rental and utility support to help households obtain or maintain stable and safe housing.
NRCA provided Housing Counseling
to 81 households. Housing Counseling
included rental rights and responsibilities, homelessness assistance, post-purchase guidance, foreclosure prevention and financial literacy.
Ways your donation can help assist Homeless and Housing Programs clients who are at risk of or currently experiencing homelessness:
- $20 will pay for a (mandatory) credit check on potential clients during the prescreening process to determine eligibility for services.
- $30 can be used to pay for application costs required to apply for rental units; a critical first step in securing stable housing.
A client’s transition out of homelessness usually finds them lacking the basic essentials they need to get started. A donation of $80 can be used to purchase a bed, or $100 can be used to purchase Housekeeping Kits that will provide clients with basic items such as blankets, kitchen utensils, cleaning supplies, toiletries, shower curtains, and lamps.
$1 will pay for a single, one-way ticket on the Radford transit system ($20 would secure unlimited rides for 30 days), providing our clients—who typically have limited transportation options- with greater public mobility to pursue employment, attend medical appointments, or buy groceries.
Renter Education prepared 67 households for stable housing.
NRCA uses the curriculum developed by the Virginia Housing Development Authority (VHDA) for Renter Education
workshops. Topics include credit, housing search, application process, understanding lease agreements, security deposits, rights and responsibilities of both tenant and landlord, maintenance and repairs, and terminating a lease including the eviction process. The curriculum also includes a discussion on fair housing and utility energy savings tips.
NRCA Housing Counselors offer Renter Education
to the public and to NRCA Emergency Assistance Program utility clients. Additionally, staff focus on NRCA To Our House thermal shelter clients, encouraging the homeless to attend morning sessions after staying at the overnight host church to assist them with permanent housing placement.