Tenant-Based Rental Assistance (TBRA)
The City of Toledo, Department of Neighborhoods, through its Division of Housing and Neighborhood Development, implemented a tenant-based rental assistance (TBRA) program in July 2013. This program is funded through the HOME Investment Partnerships (HOME) Program, authorized through the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) as an eligible activity. The City of Toledo administers its TBRA program in accordance with regulations established in CFR 92.209, Tenant-based rental assistance: eligible costs and requirements.
The City of Toledo has created a model that will provide rent and utility deposit assistance for a special needs population, homeless persons. Financial assistance will be provided for those qualified households. Payment will be provided in the following methods:
- Payment for monthly rent as determined by a signed lease agreement between the tenant and the landlord. The lease must be for a minimum of 12-months. Rent payment is limited to 12-months’ assistance. No payments may be made to a landlord without an active lease.
- Security deposit payment which is made payable to the landlord on behalf of the tenant. These monies are provided as a grant on behalf of the tenant and are not to exceed one month of funds.
- Utility deposits for electricity and gas (including propane as applicable and eligible as determined by location within the city limits).
Partners include the Toledo Lucas County Homelessness Board, United Way’s 2-1-1, Beach House, Lutheran Social Services of Northwest Ohio, and TASC. The Homelessness Board administers the program, which provides funds under its Project HOME program.