NJDCA to Issue Moving On Vouchers to Households No Longer Needing Supportive Services
The New Jersey Department of Community Affairs (DCA) announced Moving On, a new initiative to provide rental assistance to families who currently have a Shelter + Care voucher but no longer need the services.
Under this initiative, DCA will issue up to 500 State Rental Assistance Program (SRAP) tenant-based vouchers.
Vouchers will be issued to eligible disabled households who currently receive rental assistance from a U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Continuum of Care (CoC) permanent supportive housing voucher program or are a recipient of another supportive housing voucher program and no longer require the level of supportive services associated with that program.
- SRAP provides an unlimited-term, tenant-based rental assistance voucher to eligible disabled households.
- Under the program, a disabled head of household will pay 25% of their adjusted income for their portion of the rent.
- Eligible households should have incomes at or below 30% of Area Media Income (AMI.)
Potentially eligible households will be assessed according to the CSH Acuity Index. This index is a matrix created by the Corporation for Supportive Housing to assist in identifying potential households.
As a next step, DCA is requesting a Letter of Intent from interested New Jersey Continuum of Care lead representatives.
The Letter of Intent which is due to DCA by Wednesday, January 11, 2017 must identify the following:
- A description of the targeted population for the SRAP vouchers using HMIS and any other relevant data.
- A commitment by the CoC to backfill any voucher program slots vacated by tenants moving onto the SRAP vouchers with eligible homeless households. Please also include a brief description of the CoC’s need for these slots and timeline/outreach plan for backfill.
- The number of SRAP vouchers being requested; please note that there is no guarantee that a CoC will receive a certain number of SRAP vouchers. These vouchers will be issued on a first come/first serve basis statewide with the assumption that all SRAP participants will be leased up within a 60-day timeframe. Due to this strict timeline, leasing in place will be encouraged. Successful CoC will have a mechanism in place to ensure that complete and accurate SRAP applications are submitted in a timely fashion. If this timeline is not met, the SRAP voucher may be withdrawn and issued to another eligible household, and the tenant will remain on the CoC permanent housing voucher.
- A description of case management follow-up; DCA will require the C of C to ensure that the current permanent supportive housing grantee agency follow-up at least once a month during the six months of SRAP tenancy, to ensure that the program participants are transitioning appropriately.
- Contact person’s name, phone number and e-mail address.
DCA has scheduled a conference call for Friday, January 6, 2017 at 10:00 a.m. to answer questions on this initiative. Please e-mail Lisa Downes at if you are interested in participating in the call.
- DCA will notify the CoCs that have been selected to participate in this initiative by Monday, January 30, 2017.
- A conference call to discuss the application process will be scheduled shortly after the announcement.
- After notification by DCA, selected CoCs may begin submitting SRAP applications. Please note that selected CoCs are not guaranteed access to SRAP vouchers.
- The number of SRAP vouchers awarded to the selected CoCs will be dependent on the timeliness of the SRAP application submission and the amount of funds available.