Housing Counselor Aftercare Program (HCAP)

Application:  Please click here
Application Period: March 25, 2016 - April 5, 2016

Funding Availability
Funding is available for the salary and FICA for each housing counselor position. The FICA funds should be used for the employer’s contribution to FICA. These funds should not be used to supplant existing resources. HCP staff members are to carry out only the activities described in this application and those specified in the program regulations. The contract period will cover fiscal year July 1, 2016- June 30, 2017.

Housing Counselors
The Housing Counselor will enter into a personnel contract with either local government or the local agency where the position is based. The Housing Counselor will not be considered an employee of the State of Maryland. Housing Counselors are subject to the personnel policies of the employing agency.

Note: At no time is housing counselor staff to handle cash. If a Housing Counselor handles cash, it is grounds for termination.

Funding Requirements
Funding Source: Maryland Department of Human Resources
The goals of the HCP are:
  • To assist families and individuals with the immediate need of securing permanent, affordable housing
  • To assist families and individuals with maintaining their housing, enabling them to pursue job training and employment opportunities leading to economic self-sufficiency
To achieve these goals, the housing counselor will complete the following objectives:
  • Advise and assist clients, when necessary, with issues that contribute to chronic housing problems, including budgeting and household management.
  • Assess client’s abilities to search for housing, and provide as much assistance as needed.
  • Develop a comprehensive list of housing resources.
  • Develop and expand creative housing resources.
  • Establish a good working relationship and advocate for clients with landlords, property managers, realty companies, and other sources of low income housing.
  • Mediate between clients and landlords when problems arise.
  • Work with the case manager to coordinate services to clients.
Once housing is obtained, the counselor will continue contact up to a year following stabilization, to help the family or individual to retain permanent, affordable housing, and track their progress.