MDHI is currently not processing Flex Fund requests. Any requests submitted on or after 12/18/18 will not be approved. MDHI hopes to identify another funding stream for the Flex Fund. Notifications related to the future of the Flex Fund will get sent out in MDHI’s communications.
Thanks to the strong and consistent support from the Metro Mayors Caucus and others, MDHI is now offering timely financial assistance to remove barriers to housing. Any organization or provider that partners with OneHome or is a member of the Metro Denver CoC can request funds to assist individuals or families experiencing literal homelessness to obtain permanent housing.
Purpose of the MDHI Flex Fund
The MDHI Flex Fund supports households (individuals and families) who need one-time financial assistance to exit homelessness. This fund will be used when the following criteria are met: 1) the household would continue to experience homelessness but for this one-time financial assistance, 2) the household is experiencing literal homelessness and the request meets other eligibility criteria, and 3) there are enough funds in the MDHI Flex Fund to fulfill the request.
Efforts to obtain assistance from other sources must be documented before requesting the assistance from the Flex Fund.
To receive assistance through these funds, the household must be experiencing homelessness on the streets, in a vehicle, campsite, a place not meant for human habitation, or in the shelter system. MDHI will consider requests for households who are currently living in permanent supportive housing programs or being assisted by rapid re-housing programs.
Funds will be allocated when there is an actual lease to be signed by the household or when the household is seeking a co-housing situation with a friend or family member. The MDHI Flex Fund caps assistance at $3,000 per household to pay for the following expenses:
- Security/rental deposits
- One-time move-in assistance (truck rental, hiring moving company)
- First month's rent or month of rent following the household's move-in month
- Damage repair or vacancy payment to landlord/property owner
- Rental assistance - current or past unit
- Utility Assistance - deposits (including water) and arrears (only if ineligible for Energy Outreach Colorado funds)
- Pet deposits or one-time pet fees
- Relocation to another community when there is a confirmed housing opportunity
- Other financial barriers to permanent housing
Funds will only be allocated to a third party such as a property management company, landlord, utility company, etc. Upon approval of the Flex Fund request, organizations/agencies must collect a W-9 form filled out by the third-party vendor and other required backup documentation tied to the cost and submit to MDHI. To submit a request via Survey Monkey, click on the link below:
Follow up e-mail to Jackie.Hernandez@mdhi.org with "FLEX FUND" in the subject line is also required
More detailed information about how to submit a request can be found written in the MDHI Flex Fund Procedures or you can reach out to Jackie.Hernandez@mdhi.org with questions.