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Springfield, Illinois
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Rental  Assistance:
Rental Assistance is available to eligible recipients to help defray the expense of the first month's rent when securing a place in which to live.  Payments for Mortgages, Contract for Deed & Lease to Own are not allowed. Assistance may also be issued to families and individuals threatened with eviction due to delinquent rent payments.  Those applying for rental assistance must comply with the current federal poverty guidelines (if over guidelines they must wait 15 days before they can reapply), produce verifiable proof of current ongoing* and past income for the entire household for the past sixty (60) days, possess a photo ID and Social Security cards for each household member, a legal eviction notice from the current landlord (tenant must have paid at least one month’s prior rent, not including deposit) or if homeless, a written referral from a homeless shelter verifying current residency and stayed at least 7 nights in a row. Must apply with in 3 days of your last night if you have left the shelter.  If court evicted from past address must provide proof of eviction and address evicted from must be in Capital Township. Must apply with in 30 days of eviction, otherwise will need a homeless shelter letter of residency. Clients also need proof of residency letter from CWLP to verify utility service at their current address or a current CWLP bill and one other CWLP bill from a different month in the past 90 days. If utilities are included in rent it must be stated on the lease if not, Landlord must verify in writing they have the service in thier name. All rental payments are made directly to the owner of the property and cannot exceed the actual amount of the clients current monthly rent portion after housing assistance.  No rental payments shall be made to landlords who have received emergency assistance from this office. After a three year period has past with no assistance, the landlord may again be eligible for rental payments. An applicant for assistance must be residing in a separate dwelling apart from the landlord and provide a lease for the address on the eviction notice. Landlord is to sign and return the rent voucher along with a landlord certification form in order to receive the rental payment.

Maximum Grant:

LIFETIME LIMIT FIVE (5) RENT GRANTS. All Rent grants count toward the Lifetime limit.

$300.00 single/ married household with no children

$400.00 family with children in the home

Assistance Limitations: Once every two (2) years

The following documents are considered acceptable for verification of rental assistance:

A.  In lieu of a Social Security Card:   

  1. Check stubs with full Social Security number listed.
  2. W-2 form
  3. Award letter from Social Security or Veteran's Administration showing SS number
  4. Print-out from Department of Human Services showing Social Security number.
  5. Print out from Social Security office showing name and Social Security number,.
  6. For minor children: Printout from Social Security or proof from DHS

B.  In lieu of a legal eviction notice:

  1. A written letter of eviction must specify a threat of eviction with a specific date to vacate  the  premises. It should also  include the tenant's name(s), amount due, address, and date issued.

  2. Homeless shelter referrals must indicate that the applicant has resided at  the  shelter at least seven (7)  days in a row out of the  past ten days.

  3. Those homeless clients whose late work hours prohibit occupancy at  the  shelter  may waive  the  homeless   shelter  referral  with written proof from the employer of the work hours.

  4. Clients with  proof  of  recent  release from a  treatment center or   incarceration (60 days or less) may waive homeless referrals.

C.  Proof of income:

  1. Pay check stubs ( At least 7 days within last 2 weeks of applying if employed by a temporary employment agency)

  2. Unemployment compensation

  3. TANF verification (grant amount and/or earned income)

  4. Social Security award letter or printout

  5. Veteran's compensation award letter

  6. Child support or alimony

  7. Employer generated letter or printout

  8. Worker's compensation

  9. Retirement pension benefits (Medical deduction may be waived if proof of client being on a fixed income.)If recent employment has been secured,  the first pay check must be produced. If currently residing in a homeless shelter, a verified income statement  from the  employer  will  be accepted. If  income can be calculated from  the year to  date  gross  salary for the correct sixty (60) day period, then it is considered proof of income even if some pay stubs are missing.

  10. Self  employed  clients  must  present  a  copy  of  their quarterly estimated tax payments made to the IRS and a current ledger. Thier self-employment must also be budgeted and shown as income on thier DHS case before they apply.

  11. Client must provide proof of income that is equal to or greater than the monthly rent amount.

  12. *On-going income is a current pay from current employment. Must have received at least one pay from current job and working with pay checks up coming. Letter of employment commitment is not acceptable.
  13. Cash income reported and budgeted by Dept. of Human Resources may be used if the client has been reporting this income for 30 days or longer from application for assistance. If there is a change in this income, any changes must have been reported 30 day’s or longer to DHS before application date. In addition client must provide from the employer a detailed list of each pay date and amount paid. This statement will also need to be verified.

  14. Eligibility is based on the current Federal Poverty guidelines. Gross income is used minus any verifiable child support payments. Any type of wage garnishments or benefits that are paid are not deducted from gross pay.

D.  Miscellaneous:

  1. Children under the age of twenty-one (21), living with parents or legal   guardians   would   not  be   considered  adults  for  rental  assistance.

  2. Applicants under the age of eighteen (18) who live independently must produce a court filed emancipation document.

  3. Assistance  will be denied to an  applicant  if they have  received rental  assistance  from  another  agency  within  the last  six  (6)  months.

  4. Must provide proof of first months rent paid. This does not include deposit.

  5. For college students to be included in household, the most recent tax return showing them as a dependent can be used in lieu of photo ID.

  6. Health insurance payments deducted from applicant’s pensions or Social Security benefits may be deducted from gross income.

  7. If an applicant has failed to show for the first scheduled appointment and also the second rescheduled appointment, they may not receive another appointment for six (6) months.

  8. Any intentional falsification of any kind whether written or oral, will result in a sanction of one (1) year of ineligibility for assistance.

  9. Rent assistance will not be issued if utility service is disconnected.
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Utility  Assistance:

Assistance is available for help to avoid a pending disconnection or to restore utilities that have been disconnected due to delinquent utility payments (no assistance will be given for reconnection if services have been disconnected for 3 months or longer).  Potential recipients must comply with the current Federal poverty guidelines (if over guidelines they must wait 15 days before reapplying), provide proof of current ongoing and past income for the entire household for the past thirty (30) days, possess a photo ID and Social Security cards (or acceptable alternative verifications) for each household member, a lease for the property in thier name at the same address as the disconnect notice and a disconnect notice from the utility company.  Delinquent utility bills from a previous address will not be considered for payment in order to have utility services connected at a new address.  Landlords who have been paid rent assistance from this office, may not apply for utility assistance for thier own personal bills, unless three years has past since the last payment. All payments are made directly to the utility company.

Maximum Monthly Grant:

LIFETIME LIMIT FIVE (5) UTILITY GRANTS. All grants count toward the Lifetime limit.

CWLP & Ameren grants issued on the same day in the same case count as 1 grant toward the Lifetime limit.

$300.00 to prevent a disconnection

$300.00 to reconnect service for households with no children

$400.00 to reconnect service for households with children

 

Assistance Limitations:  Once every two (2) years
The following documents are considered acceptable for verification of Utility  Assistance:

A.  In lieu of a Social Security Card:     

  1. Check stubs with SS number listed
  2. W-2 form from employer
  3. Award letter from Social Security or Veteran's Administration with SS # listed
  4. Print-out from Department of Human Services showing SS #
  5. Print out from Social Security office showing name and Social Security number,.
  6. For minor children: Printout from Social Security or proof from DHS

B.  Proof of income:

  1. Pay check stubs ( At least 7 days within last 2 weeks of applying if employed by a temporary employment agency)

  2. Unemployment compensation

  3. TANF verification (grant amount and/or earned income)

  4. Social Security award letter or printout

  5. Veteran's compensation award letter

  6. Child support or alimony

  7. Employer generated letter or printout

  8. Worker's compensation

  9.  Retirement pension benefits

  10. If recent employment has been secured, the first pay check must be produced.

  11. If  income can be calculated from the year to  date  gross   salary for the correct thirty (30) day period, then it is considered proof of income even if some pay stubs are missing.

  12. Self  employed  clients  must  present  a copy  of  their  quarterly estimated tax payments made to the IRS and a current ledger.

  13. Cash income reported and budgeted by Dept. of Human Resources may be used if the client has been reporting this income for 30 days or longer from application for assistance. If there is a change in this income, any changes must have been reported 30 day’s or longer to DHS before application date. In addition client must provide from the employer a detailed list of each pay date and amount paid. This statement will also need to be verified.

  14. Eligibility is based on the current Federal Poverty guidelines. Gross income is used minus any verifiable child support payments. Any type of wage garnishments or benefits that are paid are not deducted from gross pay.

C.  In lieu of rent receipt or lease:

  1. A current real estate tax bill with client's name and address.

  2. A current assessment notice with client's name and address.

D.  In lieu of a disconnect notice:

  1. A printout from the utility company.

  2. A utility bill that shows a past due amount.

E.  Miscellaneous:

  1. Applicants under the age of eighteen (18) who live  independently must produce a court filed emancipation document.

  2. If there is a life threatening  situation  that is verified by  medical           documentation  from  a  physician,  whereby  services  need  to be restored or to prevent a disconnection; the two (2) year assistance limitation may be waived for one time only per family.

  3. If an applicant has failed to show for the first scheduled appointment and also the second rescheduled appointment, they may not receive another appointment for six (6) months.

  4. Any intentional falsification of any kind whether written or oral, will result in a sanction of one (1) year of ineligibility for assistance.

  5. For college students to be included in household, the most recent tax return showing them as a dependent can be used in lieu of photo ID.

  6. Health insurance payments deducted from applicant’s pensions or Social Security benefits may be deducted from gross income.

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Seasonal Fan Assisance:

 

During the summer months when funds are available, fan assistance is issued for Capital Township residents. Clients can contact the office to request a appointment. Mail post marked in the past 30 days from the applicants address, photo ID, SS cards for household and past 30 days income (if applicable) is required.

One fan per address

Once every three (3) years

 


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Denials Section:

A decision of approval or denial must be made on an application for first month rent before 30 days from the application date. A decision on assistance with an eviction notice must be made before 14 days from application date. All documents requested by the caseworker that is needed to approve the application or any payments that need to be made by the applicant are due with in that time frame. Failure to do so will result in a denial of assistance. If an applicant returns after the denial date, the applicant would need to reapply, provide needed documents and go thru the interview process for the assistance they are seeking.

A decision of approval or denial must be made on an application for a current disconnection notice before 30 days from the application date. A decision on assistance with reconnecting utilities must be made before 14 days from application date. All documents requested by the caseworker that is needed to approve the application or any payments that need to be made by the applicant are due with in that time frame. Failure to do so will result in a denial of assistance. If an applicant returns after the denial date, the applicant would need to reapply, provide needed documents and go thru the interview process for the assistance they are seeking

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Any other programs not listed above, decisions on applications must be made before 30 days from application date.

Denials Section (continued):

A)      Transitional Assistance

1.       Transitional Assistance program over, exceeded time allowed on program

2.       Moved out of Township

3.       Approved for Social Security Benefits

4.       Mail returned, unable to locate

5.       Sufficient income to meet your needs

6.       Employable         

7.       Failure to cooperate

8.       Withdrew Application  

9.       Doesn’t meet the guidelines of the Transitional Assistance Program

10.     Falsification

11.     Your needs are being meet due to incarceration, hospitalization or residency in a treatment center

B)      Medical for Transitional Assistance clients

  • Active DHS medical card
  • Private heath insurance
  • Failure to cooperate
  • VA medical benefits

C)      Emergency Assistance

1.       No Contact         

2.       Over Poverty      

3.       No Income

4.       Your income is less than your rent

5.       Failed to return with payment receipt from utility company

6.       You have not paid a full months rent yourself at current address

7.       Not in disconnect status                  

8.       Failure to cooperate    

9.       No proof of township residency

10.     Rent assistance from other agency in last 6 months

11.     Landlord refused voucher

12.     Withdrew application

13.     Amount to prevent disconnection or reconnect service is higher than Capital Twp and client can pay

14.     Falsification

D)      Workfare

1.       Unable to place you with an employer due to your employment restrictions

2.       Failed to return in job verification search form by due date

3.       Your employer has terminated you for theft

4.       Your employer has terminated you for failure to work your assigned schedule

5.       Your employer has terminated you

6.       You failed to report for your interview appointment

7.       You have found permanent employment

8.       You have completed the 6 month Workfare Program

9.       You have failed to comply with the Employee Workfare Regulations

10.     Falsification