By Cynthia Germain
For those who find themselves literally homeless or at immediate risk of becoming homeless can find help through the Lakeshore Community Action Program. Whether a qualified individual or family needs a one-time payment to help prevent becoming homeless or longer term rental assistance and security deposit, a system of assistance is in place that includes access to financial help as well as case management to identify barriers to move towards self-sufficiency. Kate Markwardt, Supportive Housing Supervisor of the Lakeshore Community Action Program, says that the Homelessness Prevention program which provides a one-time rent payment has specific qualification criteria related to income and other factors.
For those at immediate risk for being homeless, the Lakeshore CAP can also provide up to 12 months of assistance with rent and utilities but has additional participation requirements. These programs also benefit landlords by reducing vacancy numbers, providing guaranteed rent payments and offering support with tenant conflict resolution.