The County of Rockland provides tenant-based rental assistance (TBRA) and support services to individuals who are low-income and are diagnosed with human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection or acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS).
The goal of the provision of these services is to enable low-income individuals and families living with HIV/AIDS to secure and maintain appropriate housing in the County of Rockland.
For qualifying households, HOPWA rental subsidies (i.e., TBRA) will be combined with shelter allowance subsidies from the Rockland County Department of Social Services. This leveraged financing will maximize the use of HOPWA funds.
TBRA subsidies will be provided along with legal and counseling services, modeled after the Section 8 Housing Voucher Choice program, with two modifications. First, households will be eligible for TBRA if they meet the definition of "low-income" currently defined as 80% of median family income by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). Utilization statistics show that approximately 80% of the assisted households still fall in the HUD-defined "very low-income" category. Second, the County of Rockland will allow a greater number of bedrooms than in the Section 8 program, if medically appropriate and documented.
Determination of eligibility, screening and assistance in finding suitable apartments is accomplished through the coordinated efforts of the Rockland County Department of Health. The Rockland County Office of Community Development handles enrollments, recertifications, and day-to-day client services.
The eligible HOPWA activities to be funded are as follows:
- Tenant Based Rental Assistance (Rockland County Office of Community Development)
- Support Services/Counseling Services (Rockland County Health Department)
- Legal Services (Legal Aid Society of Rockland)
- Client Services (Rockland County Office of Community Development)
For more information on this program please contact Maria Frank at 845-364-3939, email firstname.lastname@example.org.