Appalachian Family Housing
Appalachian Homeless Family Housing assists families with children in the transition from homelessness, enabling them to live as independently as possible through the provision of supportive housing.
How the program works
Appalachian Homeless Family Housing can accommodate up to ten (10) families, providing housing in apartments and single-family homes scattered throughout eight counties in upper East Tennessee. Through lease agreements supported by the program, families are able to live on their own and learn to maintain a home. The program provides rent assistance to each of the ten families. The goal of this program is to facilitate the movement of the families to Increase income that will allow them to stay in permanent housing. Attend weekly meeting with caseworker- bi-weekly meeting in the home, bi-weekly meeting in office.
In order to foster the families in their ability to budget future housing costs, 30 percent of the families’ monthly income is to be applied to OLD debt or put into saving for their future housing costs.
This program is funded through U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development ( HUD ).
Families must meet ALL of the following to qualify for this program.
1) HUD Criteria for Defining homeless - families with children. A family is defined as anyone who has legal custody of a child (e.g. mothers, fathers, grandparents, etc.) Individuals are considered homeless if they are living in places not meant for human habitation (cars, parks, abandoned buildings, etc.), in emergency shelter, eviction notice and will be living on the street without assistance, Fleeing DV .
2) HUD Defining Disability - One member in each household is required to have a Documented Disabling factor. The term "physical or mental impairment" includes, but is not limited to, such diseases and conditions as orthopedic, visual, speech and hearing impairments, cerebral palsy, autism, epilepsy, muscular dystrophy, multiple sclerosis, cancer, heart disease, diabetes, Human Immunodeficiency Virus infection, mental retardation, emotional illness, drug addiction (Other than addiction caused by current, illegal use of a controlled substance) and alcoholism.
3) Children - Social Security cards, Birth certificates, Documentation of custody.
4) Background Check - all family members 18 years and older must pass. ( No felonies, sexual or abusive acts allowed )
Upon APPROVAL the program will pay all deposits for rent and utilities.
Please contact Program Manager for more information. Suzi Burrows cell # (423) 737-5522
Please – Office meeting by appointment only - Due to Case Management out for Home visit’s.