Tenant Based Rental Assistance (TBRA) One Family, One Year, One Home
What is One Family, One Year, One Home Tenant Based Rental Assistance? In 2016, the Florida Housing Finance Corporation approved short-term, tenant based rental assistance funding for a Small County Demonstration for homeless families that have school-age children. In collaboration with local community partners such as: the Santa Rosa County School District, Opening Doors, NWF (formerly EscaRosa Coalition on the Homeless), Milton Housing Authority, and Family Promise; One Family, One Year, One Home was created to suport homeless families in Santa Rosa County for one year with rental assitance and case management to help stabilize the families. Several faith-based organizations including The Dawn Church, Hope Church,and St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church are also participating in the demonstration by assisting families with household items. The ultimate goals are for the families to remain permanently housed by the completion of the demonstration program.
Goals of TBRA:
Increase student attendance and academic achievement;
Provide housing stability; and
Assistance with increasing family income and resources
Eligible Families will Recieve:
Twelve (12) months rental assistance;
Academic support for students; and
Family resource support.
To Participate, Families Must:
Meet with the Communities of Learning staff and begin the application process;
Complete a Family Sustainability Plan;
Agree to follow the Santa Rosa County School District (SRCSD) school attendance policy;
Support their child's success;
Meet with Opening Doors, NWFL to prepare the documentation necessary for participating in the demonstration program;
Participate in an orientation with the Milton Housing Authority and, if approved, search for and locate housing; and
Set goals and meet with a Family Promise Case Manager twice a month for the first month and then once per month for the remaining eleven (11) months.