The City of Portland, in partnership with MaineHousing, offers the Home to Stay Program for individuals and families who are homeless and seeking permanent housing. Home to Stay uses resources such as the Stability Through Engagement Program and the Housing Choice Voucher Program to help individuals and families achieve permanent and stable housing.
Working with a trained Navigator, program participants learn and gain valuable skills to meet their health, housing, employment, and other basic needs. A Navigator helps individuals and families create a Housing Stability Plan designed to connect the program participants with appropriate services and support, and assist them to find and maintain permanent housing. Participants need to meet with their Navigator regularly and develop goals to achieve and retain stable housing.
TENANT-BASED RENTAL ASSISTANCE (TBRA)
The City of Portland Home Programs Tenant Based Rental Assistance (TBRA) funding will allow the Social Services Division to utilize funds to pay for security deposits and short term rental assistance for individuals and families residing in homeless shelters. Program oversight and daily operations will be based out of the City of Portland’s Social Services Division. There will be a centralized intake with a single point of contact located at the Oxford Street Shelter and Family Shelter, utilization of a rapid re-housing approach with a particular focus on reducing recidivism; as such clients will be assigned a case manager to provide follow-up care services. Follow-up service provided by the Home To Stay Program will connect clients to other mainstream resources to ensure successful outcomes.