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The Fairfield Metropolitan Housing Authority is opening the Waiting List for the Tenant- Based Rental Assistance (TBRA) Program on February 2, 2015. Applications are available online by clicking here, or clicking on the button at the bottom of the page labeled “TBRA” for program information as well as the Waiting List form and instructions to submit. Forms are also available at the FMHA office at 315 N Columbus St., Lancaster, OH 43130

Tenant Based Rental Assistance (TBRA) is a rental subsidy program to help an eligible tenant with rent. TBRA programs directly assist individual households to make housing affordable. TBRA payments make up the difference between the amount the family can afford to pay for housing costs (rent and utilities) and the actual costs of the housing selected by the family. Learn more about the TBRA Program.

The Public Housing Reform Act requires submission of both a Five-Year and an Annual Plan. The Five-Year Plan describes the agency’s mission and the long-term plan for achieving that mission over a period of five years. The Annual Plan provides details about the Housing Authority’s current programs and the resident population served, as well as FMHA’s strategy for addressing the housing needs in our community. In addition, Federal regulations require that the plan be consistent with the City of Lancaster’s Consolidated Plan.

The PHA Plan serves as a strategic planning tool addressing payment standards, preferences, admission and occupancy procedures, capital improvement needs, the Homeownership Plan, etc. The Plan process is an annual opportunity to determine the role of the Housing Authority in our community – now and in the future.

Housing Authorities are required to establish a Resident Advisory Board (RAB) whose membership consists of individuals who reflect and represent residents assisted by the Housing Authority. The RAB makes recommendations regarding the development of the PHA Plan and any significant amendments or modification to the Plan. Residents can ensure their needs are being addressed and become more involved in issues that directly affect them. In addition, residents will be more aware of the process that our Housing Authority undergoes to prioritize capital fund activities. FMHA also benefits by working with the residents who provide important information regarding the physical condition of their units and neighborhoods.

To ensure public participation in the process, the Plan, including attachments and supporting documents are available for inspection by the public during normal business hours at the FMHA office.

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