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419-259-9400 HCVP 419-246-3183
10/09/2020

Lucas Metropolitan Housing and Lucas County Job and Family Services (LCJFS) Partner to Extend Rental Assistance for Eligible Individuals and Families Exiting a Homeless Shelter

Contact:
Joaquin Cintron Vega, President and CEO
Lucas Metropolitan Housing
419-259-9400
jcintronvega@lucasmha.org


Lucas Metropolitan Housing (LMH) and Lucas County Job and Family Services (LCJFS) Partner to Extend Rental Assistance for Eligible Individuals and Families Exiting a Homeless Shelter

Toledo, Ohio, September 29, 2020 - Lucas Metropolitan Housing is excited to announce an extension of its Home to Stay program. Home to Stay will provide eviction prevention and housing stability assistance to LMH clients and local families exiting a homeless shelter. Clients must be TANF (Temporary Assistance for Needy Families) eligible. They can receive up to $1,200 in assistance for past due rent charges and up to $1,000 towards 1st month's rent. In addition, these clients will also have the opportunity to attend a housing stability class facilitated by Northwest Ohio Homeownership Development Association (NOHDA). The class covers housing related topics such as budgeting, credit, and landlord relations. "I am pleased to hear that the Home to Stay program has been extended. Our Housing Stability Class was incredibly informational and the program participants were filled with great questions. This program is not only assisting families through tough times, it is providing them with tools to help them secure their financial future," stated NOHDA CEO Kathy Tucker. As a long-standing anchor institution, LMH continues to develop initiatives that serve low-income persons and families in the Toledo Metropolitan Statistical Area. Home to Stay is funded by a $139,000 Lucas County TANF grant administered by Lucas County Job and Family Services. This grant extends the successful pilot program, enacted earlier this year, into 2021. "We're happy to be able to continue to extend funding for the critical services needed by families through the Home to Stay program," stated Breda Osburn, Director, Lucas County Department of Job & Family Services. Through this partnership, LMH, LCJFS and NOHDA will continue to stabilize and maintain housing for many individuals and families who may be experiencing temporary financial stress. "LMH greatly appreciates Lucas County Job and Family Services and NOHDA for continuing to partner with us for the benefit of our residents. Housing stability is necessary for families to thrive. We are very pleased to see that this program will continue to create options for families impacted by the current crisis," said Joaquin Cintron Vega, LMH President and Chief Executive Officer. For more information about the program, please contact LMH at (419)-259-9400.


About Lucas Metropolitan Housing Authority
Established in 1933, Lucas Metropolitan Housing (LMH) continues to provide affordable housing to adults, seniors and children in its Public Housing, Housing Choice Voucher, Mixed-Income and Market Rate housing units. LMH also provides a myriad of programs and opportunities designed to improve the total quality of life for our residents, with the ultimate goal of achieving self-sufficiency. The programs and services are the results of successful collaborations with numerous community partners. Our current housing portfolio consists of 2,633 Public Housing units; 4,657 Housing Choice Vouchers; 322 Low-Income Housing Tax Credit units; 198 Market Rate units and 107 Homeownership Properties. There are approximately 17,500 people who reside in LMH properties. Lucas Metropolitan Housing partners with ALL people and organizations willing to exchange ideas and efforts to enhance Toledo, Lucas County and the world.


About Lucas County Department of Job & Family Services
Lucas County Department of Job & Family Services (LCDJFS) provides services such as temporary cash assistance, food stamps, and Medicaid, subsidized child care, adult protection, retention and contingency services. The Division of Child Support establishes parentage, enforces support orders, and collects and disburses child support in order to ensure that families receive the financial support to which they are entitled.


About Northwest Ohio Homeownership Development Agency
The Northwest Ohio Homeownership Development Agency (NOHDA) was created and incorporated on May 28, 1998. It is NOHDA's mission to prepare individuals and families for the financial responsibility of homeownership through counseling, foreclosure intervention, and education. Our vision of "Empowerment Through Homeownership '' underscores a shared belief that homeownership raises the bar for families, individuals, and the communities we live in. Responsible homeownership leads to safe and stable communities that provide positive economic energy to the growth of the entire region.


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