BACKGROUND

In 2011, Tikva Housing Society established the “Rent Subsidy Program” to provide eligible low-income singles and families with cash assistance towards their monthly rent, within available funding. The maximum subsidy provided is $400/month for singles and couples, and $600/month for families.

The program is highly valued in the Jewish community. People are helped promptly.  Applicants are interviewed, they provide proof of income and a copy of their rental lease agreement.  Through a point score system, higher need applicants are selected.  There are fluctuations among recipients, people move, incomes change, and the program is able to adapt to these.

FUNDING

The Tikva Housing Rent Subsidy program receives an annual grant from the Ben & Esther Dayson Charitable Foundation. This generous contribution is augmented by other donors who contribute as little as $18 up to $20,000 and more. For the 2017/18 year, funding received from private donors, amounted to $115,000,

To make a financial contribution to the Tikva Housing Rent Subsidy Program, click here.

Jan 1 – June 30, 2018 Reporting Period

A total of 72 recipients were subsidized during this reporting period which reflects an increase from 67 recipients in the previous reporting period. Thirteen of these were new recipients.

At June 30, 2018 there were 32 rent subsidy agreements in place, including subsidies for 19 singles, one couple and 12 families (14 parents/ 19 children). There were also 3 short-term recipients whose agreements started and ended between January and June.

A total of 9 subsidies ended between January and June:

  • 2 were eligible for government subsidy (SAFER/RAP) or subsidized housing
  • 3 were ineligible due to increased income
  • 4 moved out of area/other

This reflects the true bridging function while people acquire more permanent solutions.

Those whose subsidies ended were in the program for different lengths of time:

  • 74 % (29) – 1-12 months
  • 21% (8) – 13-24 months
  • 10 % (2) – 25+ months

SUMMARY

While the statistics above show how well utilized the program has been, it doesn’t reflect the human stories of those who have been helped. It doesn’t tell the story of the families who are helped to keep their housing so their children are not moved away from friends and schools. It does not tell the story of elderly recipients who are paying over 50% of their income toward rent and need some bridging help until they turn 60 and are eligible for a government housing subsidy. It does not tell the story of the young person with no family support who is struggling to get ahead by getting an education and living on entry-level wages to support themselves.

The one common thread is that having safe, secure and affordable housing provides people the foundation needed to get on with their lives. Recipients of this funding are incredibly appreciative of the help which bridges them to eligibility for other assistance, allows them to recover from an injury or illness and return to work or to complete a school program and get a better paying job.