The Fairfield Metropolitan Housing Authority (FMHA) is currently in the process of completing its Annual Agency Plan in conjunction with the Quality Housing and Work Responsibility Act of 1998. The Agency Plan, once approved by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), will guide the FMHA in serving the housing needs of low-income and very low-income families beginning January 1, 2018.
The proposed Agency Plan and all supporting documents will be available for review and inspection by the public at our office located at 315 North Columbus Street, Lancaster, OH beginning August 28, 2017. A public hearing has been scheduled for public comment on October 12, 2017 from 9:00 to 10:00 am at the same location.
Prior to public hearing, general comments can be directed, in writing, to:
Heather Cagg, Executive Director
Fairfield Metropolitan Housing Authority
315 North Columbus Street
Lancaster, OH 43130
Fairfield Metropolitan Housing Authority Receives Funding to Assist Homeless Veterans Through the Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing Program
The Fairfield Metropolitan Housing Authority (FMHA) has been awarded $27,677 for the Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing (VASH) Program in Fairfield County. This funding, from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), is a coordinated effort involving HUD, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, and FMHA to provide permanent housing for homeless veterans in conjunction with supportive services. These funds will provide FMHA with 6 additional Housing Choice Vouchers that are reserved for homeless single veterans or veterans with families. Under the VASH Program, the Veterans Administration Medical Center in Chillicothe and the Veterans Administration Clinic in Lancaster provides supportive services and case management to eligible homeless veterans and then refers the veterans to FMHA for rental assistance.
Qualified veterans receive a VASH Voucher and are able to rent apartments, condominiums or homes from property owners who are willing to participate in the program. In addition, veterans will pay approximately 30% of their income for their portion of monthly rent and FMHA will pay the balance directly to property owners. As well as assisting homeless veterans, this award supports strategies identified in Fairfield County’s Ten-Year Plan to End Homelessness. The Plan, developed by the Fairfield County Housing Coalition, provides a blueprint for how our community will work together to confront the issues that cause homelessness and create housing and supportive services needed to end homelessness.
FMHA currently assists, with all our programs approximately1006 families with monthly rental assistance payments to 364 landlords in Fairfield County. Veterans who are interested in the VASH Program should call Pat Lyons at 1-740- 773- 1141 X 6086.
Property owners who would like to rent to VASH veterans should contact FMHA at 740-653- 6618 X 221.
“Our veterans sacrifice so much to serve our country. Now it’s time for us to return the favor.” stated Heather Cagg.