Alliance believes that access to decent, safe, affordable housing and caring supportive services provides critical stability for individuals and families – it is foundational to recovery and improving quality of life.
Working collaboratively with its public, private and nonprofit partners, Alliance is committed to a focus on effective, efficient solutions to increase quality, affordable housing capacity and options for persons with behavioral health issues.
We are continually exploring new opportunities to move people with complex needs from homelessness to housing … and to help them stay there.
The Independent Living Initiative Program (ILI) is a short-term, one-time assistance program for children and adults receiving enhanced benefits services through Alliance Health. An applicant is defined as the person who is applying for ILI funding for him/herself OR the parent or legal guardian of a child, youth or adult consumer with diminished capacity. The intent of the ILI Housing Program is to assist applicants who are behind on their rent, homeless, facing possible eviction or utility disconnection or are in need of start-up funds for newly acquired housing (i.e. security deposit).
In order to submit an ILI application for financial assistance, providers must register and attend a training session to gain access to Alliance’s online portal. Alliance no longer accepts hard copy applications.
In an effort to distribute ILI program funds across Alliance’s four-county catchment areas (Durham, Wake, Johnston, and Cumberland), applicants may only receive assistance once per fiscal year unless there are compelling circumstances. The premise of the ILI program funds is to assist low-income individuals and families who are at risk of becoming homeless, unstably housed, or homeless. If the applicants have assets or other financial supports such as help from friends, family, or a non-profit organization, they may be ineligible for assistance. Alliance strongly encourages applicants to seek assistance through human services or other charitable agencies before seeking assistance through the ILI program.
Rent payments will be issued directly to the landlord via direct deposit or postal mail. In order to receive the rent payment through a direct deposit, the landlord or property management company must submit an EFT (Electronic Funds Transfer) form, along with a voided check to Alliance prior to the submission of an application. Alliance requires each landlord or property management company to complete a vendor profile and W-9 form.
The lease agreement must be in the name of the applicant or parent/legal guardian. Payments will not be issued to landlords for damage to the unit or for work order fees. Alliance is not responsible for any lost or stolen checks. All applications are reviewed weekly and awarded assistance appropriate to the applicant’s need and risk factors. Providers are notified via email whether or not an application is approved or denied. When requesting rent payments, the ILI application must include one or more of the following documents:
- Eviction notice
- Late notice
- Intent-to-rent letter
Tenant/applicant: If an applicant is approved for financial assistance that includes a security deposit, the tenant will be eligible to use it towards another rental unit upon the end of the lease agreement. Also, any future requests for security deposits will be considered on a case-by-case basis, especially if the request is within the same year.
Landlord: The maximum security deposit amount is not to exceed the monthly rental amount.
Utility Payments and Deposits
Utility payments must be issued directly to the identified vendor.
In an effort to assist consumers and build upon our relationship with Duke Energy, Alliance’s housing staff are authorized to make pledges of financial assistance on behalf of eligible account holders who are at risk of a utility disconnection due to non-payment. Alliance defines utilities as water, electric and gas services. Utility bills must be in “disconnection” status and have the appropriate supporting documentation. Cable, internet and phones are not defined as utilities and cannot be considered for payment.
Eligible applicants should be receiving one or more of the following services AND be at risk of homelessness or in jeopardy of utility disconnection:
- Day treatment
- Psychosocial rRehab
- Supportive employment
- Care coordination
- Child PRFT
- Child Level II
- Child Level III
- Other Qqualifying service
An applicant must be a resident of Cumberland, Durham, Johnston or Wake County. ILI funding is based on the consumer’s county of residence rather than the county of the provider. Undocumented individuals are not eligible for ILI funding regardless of their level of care or service. However, if a spouse, parent or sibling who lives in the household is a legal resident, then the consumer may be eligible for ILI funding. Proof of legal residency will be required for the biological relative of the undocumented consumer.
An unforeseeable event or crisis may jeopardize an applicant’s housing or utility service within 30 days or less.
Applicants with incomes at or below 60% of area median income (AMI) are eligible to receive financial assistance. (see chart below)
Reasonable Expectation for Sustainable Solution
When an applicant is considered for ILI assistance, he/she is required to demonstrate housing sustainability once the funds are exhausted.
Restoring Hope Initiative
The Restoring Hope Initiative is designed to reduce homelessness by providing long-term (six to nine months) financial and housing assistance to individuals transitioning from psychiatric treatment facilities, jails, prisons, and unstable living environments. It is intended for applicants who need start-up funds (security deposit, first month’s rent, utility deposit) to move into permanent housing due to some of the following short-term life circumstances:
- Multiple and complex needs that require multiple systems involvement (e.g. MH, criminal justice, etc.)
- Multiple hospitalizations and/or multiple contacts with crisis services (four or more within last year) and no identified resources/services to decrease utilization
- Multiple incarcerations (four or more within last year) and no identified resources/services to decrease utilization
To maximize the resources of the Restoring Hope Initiative, ongoing support, treatment, and accountability are key requirements for continued assistance and is monitored through a follow-up report from the provider.
Continued financial assistance is based on the success of the member and his/her ability and willingness to follow through with appointments and goals set forth on their individual plan. Their engagement may include involvement with vocational rehabilitation, securing employment, volunteering, attending classes to complete a GED, medication management, etc. Alliance strongly encourages applicants to seek assistance through human/social service organizations or other charitable agencies before seeking assistance through the Restoring Hope Initiative.
The rent payments will be issued directly to the landlord. The lease agreement must be in the name of the applicant seeking assistance or in the name of the parents/legal guardians if the applicants are children. Payments will not be issued to landlord for damage or work order fees. Alliance is not responsible for any lost or stolen checks due to incorrect mailing address.
All applications are reviewed on a case-by-case basis and awarded assistance appropriate to the applicants’ needs and risk factors. Alliance requests that service providers only request the appropriate amount of needed assistance for applicants.
The applicants may use the security deposit (if applicable) towards another rental unit upon the end of the lease agreement. Future security deposits will be considered on a case-by-case basis; especially if the request is within the same year.
The maximum security deposit amount is not to exceed the monthly rental amount. Exceptions to maximum security deposits can be made based on extenuating circumstances.
Utility Payments and Deposits
Utility payments will be issued directly to the identified vendor.
In an effort to assist consumers and build upon our relationship with area utility companies/vendors, Alliance defines utilities as water, electric, and gas services. Please note cable, internet, and phone services are not defined as utilities and cannot be considered for payment.
Payments will not be issued to the landlord for excessive utility costs when utilities are included in the monthly rental rate.
All applications are reviewed on a case-by-case basis and awarded assistance appropriate to the applicants’ needs. Alliance encourages service providers to identify additional community resources to assist participants of the Restoring Hope program.
An applicant must be a current consumer of Alliance Health with severe and persistent mental illness (SPMI), severe mental illness (SMI), a developmental disability and/or a substance use diagnosis. In the case of a child, the applicant must be receiving enhanced benefit services authorized by Alliance. All applicants must be homeless or at imminent risk of homelessness to be eligible for assistance.
The applicant must be a resident of Durham, Wake, Johnston or Cumberland county. Residency is defined as a county address documented by photo ID or official mail. A homeless applicant may provide verification from a homeless service provider as proof of county residency (e.g. shelter worker signed verification letter).
An income is not a prerequisite for applications to the Restoring Hope Initiative. Applicants with incomes at or below 60% of area median income are eligible to receive financial assistance.
- Multiple and complex needs that require multiple systems involvement (e.g. MH, criminal justice, etc.).
- Multiple hospitalizations and/or multiple contacts with crisis services (four or more within last year) and no identified resources/services to decrease utilization.
- Multiple incarcerations (four or more within last year) and no identified resources/services to decrease utilization.
No Resources or Viable Plan to Resolve Crisis
No other options are possible for resolving the crisis. Without this assistance, the applicants would remain literally homeless, e.g. staying in a shelter, car, or place not meant for human habitation.
Reasonable Expectation for Sustainable Solution
At the initial assessment for assistance, there is a reasonable expectation that the crisis can be resolved and relocation to housing can be sustained by the applicant after services and assistance have ended.
Application Submission Procedures
- Contract providers of Alliance Health must complete the ILI user training to gain access to the ILI application via online portal. Upon completion of the ILI user training and the submission of a valid company email address, Alliance ILI administrators will register care coordinators and contract providers. Upon successful ILI registration, a system-generated password will be sent to the valid company email address.
- Before starting the application care coordinators and contract providers should verify they have access to applicable documentation for submission during the application process: household income verification, copy of identification documents, intent to rent letter, eviction notice, lease agreement, utility disconnection notice and/or W-9.
- Alliance requires all vendors to complete a W-9 tax form PRIOR to receiving initial payment from Alliance. Alliance cannot issue any payments to vendors who do not complete a W-9.
- All documents may not be required in each applicant’s situation.
- Contract providers of Alliance Health will login and submit applications. Access the web-based application tool.
- Upon successful submission, a system-generated email will be sent to the care coordinator or provider to notify them the application has been submitted to a housing coordinator.
- ILI applications will be reviewed on a daily basis by the housing coordinators.
- Following the review by the housing coordinator and secondary approval by the housing supervisor, a system-generated email will be sent to the care coordinator or provider regarding approval or denial of the application.
- Within 10 – 15 business days from the notification to the provider, the check or electronic funds transfer (EFT) will be issued directly to the vendor.
- Recurring rent payments will be issued in the month the payment is due.
- A follow-up application must be submitted for Restoring Hope applicants for any assistance after their third. The application must include a completed follow-up form.
Requirements of Providers and Applicants
Before submitting an application, the referring service provider should verify that the applicant meets the ILI eligibility criteria. Alliance has an obligation to meet specific state and county requirements for the ILI program. We also have an obligation to program recipients, landlords, and property managers to make every effort to assure a successful and sustainable housing experience. Consequently, service providers must attend housing training before submitting an ILI application. Contact your local housing coordinator for times and location.
To register for ILI trainings:
- Go to the Alliance Health website.
- Select “For Providers.”
- Select “Provider Resources.”
- Under “Training,” select “See What’s Available and Register.”
- Select the link, “Alliance web-based calendar.”
- Select the date of training.
- Under “Details,” select website link.
- Add personal information, then press “Register.”
Or try this link.
- Provide accurate and truthful information for payment request.
- Assist applicants in filling out all required paperwork and acquiring supplemental verification to ensure eligibility for the program (e.g. eviction notice, lease, pay stubs, bank statements)
- Agree to not engage in any fraudulent or criminal activity including but not limited to forging of checks, false identification, telephone payments, telephone charges, etc.
- Provide follow-up documentation to Alliance regarding the applicant’s progress with income, disability benefits, educational/vocational status near the end of the initial 3-month funding period and near the end of each 3-month period thereafter (up to 9 months) while the applicant continues to receive rental/utility assistance (note: funds are contingent upon the applicant’s monthly progress).
Failure to comply with these conditions outlined in the Restoring Hope Initiative Procedures will result in notification to Alliance Compliance Committee, Plan of Correction, and/or immediate termination of all current and future referrals. In addition, any legal costs or fees associated with fraudulent or criminal activity will be the responsibility of the provider. Any criminal activity will be referred to the Alliance Legal Counsel for possible prosecution.
Consequently, applicants must adhere to the following requirements:
- To engage in and comply with treatment recommendations and services
- To allow professional service providers to make home visits as they deem necessary
- To comply with the terms of the lease and occupancy agreement
- To report any changes in income or family composition upon resubmission of Restoring Hope follow-up
- To allow professional service provider, Alliance, and the Housing Coordinator to contact the landlord and/or utility companies as needed
- Continued assistance is contingent upon the applicant’s monthly progress toward self-sufficiency (e.g. employment search, enrollment in educational/job training program, etc.).
Transitions to Community Living
Transitions to Community Living (TCL) provides eligible adults living with serious mental illnesses the opportunity to choose where they live, work and play, which promotes recovery through providing long-term housing, community-based services, supported employment and community integration.
Referral Screening Verification Process (RSVP)
Under Medicaid clinical policy, all Medicaid beneficiaries who are referred to or seeking admission to Adult Care Homes licensed under NC General Statute (G.S.) 131D-2.4 must be screened through the Referral Screening Verification Process (RSVP) to determine whether the individual has SMI or SPMI. Adult Care Home providers licensed under G.S. 131D-2.4 will not receive prior approval to bill for State Plan Personal Care Services without verification of a referral screening ID.
LME/MCOs or their contracted entities will be responsible for completing the screening verification process. The referral will be sent to the LME/MCOs for verification of whether an individual has an SMI or SPMI as well as verification of the individual’s Medicaid/financial eligibility in order to determine eligibility for TCLI.