Section 4.1: Service Provision Requirements

The statute states that supportive services must be offered to S+C participants in an amount equal to or greater than the total rental assistance through the S+C grant.

The statute does not exclude any source of funding for the purposes of meeting the supportive services match requirement, except that S+C grant funds cannot be used for supportive services in any event. The sources may be Federal, State, local, or private. Of course, supportive services must be an eligible use of the source program's funds. For example, the HOME Program cannot be used to meet the S+C match requirement since supportive services are not an allowable use of HOME funds. The services may be created specifically for the S+C program or already be in operation.

Supportive service may be provided by a variety of entities including S+C sponsors, the grantee, or social service agencies in the community. The services may be offered by paid staff or by volunteers.

Service plans need to be developed and tailored to each participant's needs, both at program entry and over time. You must perform ongoing assessments of participants' service needs and make adjustments to service plans as needed. (See 24 CFR 582.300 b-c.) This is essential so that tenants are not made to receive specific services for which there may no longer be a need.

Notes

In order to qualify as match, the supportive service must:

  • Address the special needs of the population being served.
  • Be appropriate or assist participants in obtaining appropriate services.

Over time, some tenants may require few if any supportive services. When this happens, you may wish to consider offering these tenants the option of receiving Section 8 vouchers, if available in your community, thus freeing up rental assistance dollars in your S+C Program for new tenants.