Housing Assistance Program
Allegan County Homeless Program
Allegan County Homeless Assistance Program (HAP) is the Housing Assessment and Resource Agency managed by OnPoint chosen by the Allegan County Continuum of Care as the central point of Allegan County.
Who Do We Serve?
Persons in Allegan County who are:
- LEVEL 1 – Has a primary nighttime residence that is a public or private place not meant for human habitation; or Is living in a publicly or privately operated shelter designated to provide temporary living arrangements (including congregate shelters, transitional housing, and hotels and motels paid for by charitable organizations or by federal, state and local government programs); or Is exiting an institution where (s)he has resided for 90 days or less and who resided in an emergency shelter or place not meant for human habitation immediately before entering that institution.
- LEVEL 2 – Residence will be lost within 14 days of the date of application for homeless assistance, no subsequent residence has been identified; and the individual or family lacks the resources or support networks needed to obtain other permanent housing.
What We Provide
- Housing Screening to determine eligibility of which programs and services are the right match for each person and their situation.
- Housing Assessment to identify areas of strength and barriers to housing access and stability.
- Information and Referral to community resources, housing providers, programs, and services needed to support housing access and stability.
- Case Management offered to persons who have had a difficult time ending their homelessness and keeping stable housing.
Current Program and Services
The first step is for us to find out what specific housing situation you are in right at this moment.
ESP (Emergency Shelter Program)
- Who qualifies? Anyone who is living outdoors, or in a place not intended for living, and unable to go to or stay with family and/or friends.
- What is provided? Payment for a hotel stay up to 7 nights and not more than $75 per night.
- What is required of participants? (see Diversion Interview Form) Actively working to find and obtain housing.
ESG (Emergency Solutions Grant)
There is limited funding for prevention.
- Who may qualify? Anyone who is living outdoors, in an emergency shelter, in a place not intended for living; OR Anyone who must leave their home or place they are staying in 21 days or less; AND Gross income below 30% Area Median Income.
- What is provided? Financial assistance for security deposit and rent for up to 6 months but no more than 3 months of past due rent. Case Management to support housing access and stability and link participants to community resources
- What is required of participants? Actively work with case manager to find, obtain, and maintain stable housing, at least one time each month. Pay 1% of gross annual projected income for rent co-payment.
PSH/RRH (Permanent Supportive Housing/Rapid Rehousing)
- Who qualifies? Anyone who is living outdoors, in an emergency shelter, in a place not intended for living; PSH also requires that a person have an extended period of homelessness and have a diagnosed mental health or substance use disorder.
- What is provided? Financial assistance for security deposit and rental assistance. PSH does not have a limit for the number of months rent can be provided. RRH can only provide a maximum of 24 months of rent. Case Management is required for each month that rent assistance is provided.
- What is required of participants? Actively work with case manager to find, obtain, and maintain stable housing. Pay up to 30% of adjusted gross income for rent co-payment. Complete annual inspections and program recertifications.