CHAPTER 41SHELTER ASSISTANCE FUND[Prior to 10/20/10, see 261—Ch 29]26541.1(16) Purpose. The shelter assistance fund is created to support the costs of operations of shelters for the homeless and domestic violence shelters, essential services for the homeless, and evaluation and reporting of services for the homeless.Related ARC(s): 9162B, 9281B, 1539C, 3426C26541.2(16) Definitions. When used in this chapter, unless the context otherwise requires:
"Applicant" means an eligible provider of homeless services which is applying for program funds.
"Domestic violence shelter" means a homeless shelter primarily or exclusively serving clients who are homeless due to domestic violence.
"ESG" means the Emergency Solutions Grant Program created pursuant to Title 42 of the U.S. Code (42 U.S.C. Section 11375) as well as parts of Title 24 of the Code of Federal Regulations (24 CFR Part 576).
"HMIS" means the Homeless Management Information System, which is a client-level data collection and management system implemented at the community level that allows for better coordination among agencies providing services to clients.
"Homeless" "homeless individual" shall have the meaning set forth in 24 CFR Part 91.
"Homeless shelter" means a facility which provides temporary shelter with overnight sleeping accommodations for homeless persons and which does not require occupants to sign leases or occupancy agreements.
"HUD" means the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.
"IFA" means the Iowa finance authority.
"Nonprofit organization" means an organization:
- No part of the net earnings of which inure to the benefit of any member, founder, contributor, or individual;
- That has a voluntary board;
- That has a functioning accounting system or has designated a fiscal agent that will maintain a functioning accounting system for the organization;
- That practices nondiscrimination in the provision of assistance; and
- That has registered with the state of Iowa as a nonprofit corporation.
"Program participant" means any person or family who is homeless or at risk of becoming homeless and who seeks assistance from a recipient and is provided assistance utilizing SAF funds.
"Recipient" means any organization to which IFA distributes program funds.
"SAF" means shelter assistance fund according to Iowa Code section 16.41.Related ARC(s): 9162B, 9281B, 0183C, 1539C, 3426C26541.3(16) Eligible applicants. City governments, county governments, local public housing authorities, instrumentalities of government, and nonprofit organizations are eligible applicants under the SAF program.Related ARC(s): 9162B, 9281B, 1539C26541.4(16) Eligible activities. Eligible activities may include the following, where the activities are necessary to assist program participants:
- Normal operating expenses for homeless and domestic violence shelters, including staff salaries, maintenance (including minor or routine repairs), rent, security, fuel, equipment, insurance, utilities, food, furnishings, and supplies necessary for the operation of the shelter. Where no appropriate shelter is available for a homeless family or individual, eligible costs may also include a hotel or motel voucher for that family or individual. Eligible costs may also include the costs of third-party agencies’ providing food either to one or more shelters or directly to program participants.
- Essential services for individuals and families in homeless and domestic violence shelters, including case management, child care, education services, employment assistance and job training, outpatient health services (to the extent that such health services are otherwise unavailable), legal services, life skills training, mental health services (to the extent that such mental health services are otherwise unavailable), substance abuse treatment services (to the extent that such substance abuse treatment is otherwise unavailable), and transportation (transportation that is necessary to provide services).
- Evaluation of services for the homeless, including the implementation of the HMIS.