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Phone:  337.439.5861

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425 Kingsley St.        Lake Charles, LA 70605        337.439.5861

The Short Term Rental and Utilities assistance is designed to be a short-term, needs-based intervention to prevent homelessness.  As such, individuals must meet the following additional criteria in order to receive assistance:

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Client must be currently housed. Homeless individuals are not eligible for this assistance.  Assistance is provided to help homeowners and renters remain in their current place of residence.

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• Client must be able to document that he/she has a legal right to occupy the premises or has responsibility for the utility payment.  

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Examples of acceptable documentation are follows:

    - Rental Payments:   Client must be a named tenant under valid lease or referenced in lease as occupant of the premises.

    - Mortgage Payments:   Client must demonstrate that he/she is owner of mortgaged real property (mortgage, deed of trust, title insurance policy).

    - Utility Payments:   Client must have account in their name or proof of responsibility to make utility payments (copies of money orders, cancelled checks, receipts).

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• Client must demonstrate he/she does not have the resources to meet rent, mortgage, or or utility payments, and in the absence of this assistance, would be at risk of homelessness.

    - Documentation of a default or late payment notice is not required: client can provide copies of bank statements and bills to demonstrate need.

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• Client must be current with SLAC’s paperwork. 

Reassessment is required every 6 months.

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• Client CANNOT be receiving any other government housing assistance (Sec. 8, Housing Authorities, Tenant-Based program, VOA housing, etc.)

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Eligible Expenses

• Rent and Mortgage Assistance

    - Must be reasonable and represent actual housing costs.

    - The amount of assistance provided is not limited to Fair Market Rents or “reasonable rent”.

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• Utility Assistance

Note:  This agency may establish caps (limits) for rent, mortgage, or utility assistance.

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Ineligible Expenses

• Security Deposits and First Month’s Rent

    -  Assistance is designed to help homeowners and renters stay in their current place of residence; as a  result, security deposits and first month’s rent are not eligible costs under this program.  However, such costs are eligible as Permanent Housing Placement costs (under the supportive services activity).

• Moving Assistance

• Household Supplies and Furnishings

• Automobile Expenses

• Telephone Expenses

    - Telephone expenses are not payable as a utility expense under this assistance.  However, such expenses may be covered as a supportive service expense in limited circumstances.

• Bills with cut off notice or reconnection fees.

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• NOTE: Deadline for ASSISTANCE requests is now TUESDAYS, 12pm (noon). Please remember that ALL REQUESTS TAKE 5 - 7 DAYS TO BE PAID.  Do Not wait until your “cut-of” or eviction date to request assistance.