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Pilot a rent assistance program to assist families to remain in one home throughout the school year.

Action Item Number

2

EPAP Strategies

The School Housing Stabilization Fund (SHSF), funded through the Short Term Rent Assistance Program, provides short-term rent assistance and other flexible client assistance to prevent homelessness and rapidly re-house homeless families in high-poverty schools throughout Multnomah County. Rent assistance funding is closely coordinated with leveraged case management services through the Multnomah County SUN Schools program and through community-based anti-poverty providers to increase housing and school enrollment stability and improve student performance. Eight of the participating schools are in East Portland. Between July 1, 2009, and October 1, 2010, 108 families received rent and other assistance through SHSF in those eight East Portland Schools, with direct client assistance totaling $351,928.
Home Forward is piloting a rent assistance program along with case management for families at Alder Elementary. The only entire school in the nation to be designated as a "Dreamer" school by the I Have a Dream Foundation, students at the school experience a high degree of homelessness and housing instability. Alder Elementary is part of the Reynolds School Dist6rict and is located between Portland and Rockwood, just outside the Rosewood Initiative boundaries.
Portland Housing Bureau continues to fund the School Stabilization Fund through our partner Home Forward.