NEWCAP, Inc. has announced that it has been given authority from the State’s Division of Housing to provide short-term housing to homeless families and individuals in Brown County (excluding the City of Green Bay).
According to Debbie Bushman, NEWCAP’s Housing Director, the program, called Tenant Based Rental Assistance (TBRA), is currently serving people in nine other northeast Wisconsin counties and will now be able to address a definite need in Brown County, as well.
Individuals in the TBRA program can receive up to twelve (12) months of rental assistance after committing to working on a program of self-sufficiency. Each participant will be assigned a NEWCAP Case Manager who will work out a mutually acceptable plan to reach designed goals.
To be eligible for the program, the person – or family – has to be: (1) literally homeless at the time of application; (2) at imminent risk of being homeless; or (3) currently residing in a homeless shelter. Preference is given to applicants who have a disability, with those suffering from mental illness topping the eligibility preference list.
The intake process involves rating applicants, based on a certain critical hierarchy of need called the Vulnerability Index – Service Prioritization Decision Assistance Tool, or VI-SPDAT. Those scoring the highest on this intake application receive preference for program services.
According to NEWCAP’s CEO, Robert Koller, the TBRA program “… is another effective tool in helping homeless people move from a status of helplessness to one of hope.”
Individuals interested in applying or in getting more information should contact NEWCAP at 1.800.242.7334 and ask for information and help with emergency housing.