MVHO was originally created through the local Alcohol, Drug Addiction and Mental Health (ADAMHS) Board of Montgomery County. These uniquely Ohio local county boards are created to distribute mental health and chemical dependency funding to each county. Their funds include a local Medicaid match from the county as well as a portion of the county’s Human Services Levy. MVHO receives approximately $142,500 in these funds annually, through an annual application to the ADAMHS Board.
MVHO is a state certified Community Housing Development Organization (CHDO). This designation means that MVHO uses local community input to develop housing programs. It also allows us to apply for funding to be used toward the development of our organization. This includes hardware, software, vehicles and maintenance, administrative staffing, training, marketing, planning, equipment, etc. MVHO currently has a three-year award from the Ohio Housing Finance Agency, for $50,000 per year beginning in July of 2009.
Continuum of Care (Shelter Plus Care) Funding
The largest portion of MVHO’s budget comes from the federal U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Shelter Plus Care (S+C) Program. Most of this $2.5 million allocation is pass-through funding to landlords for rental subsidies (similar to the Section 8 Program). However, MVHO also has three allocations of these funds that pay rent subsidies at more than a hundred of our own apartments. We also receive an allocation of 8% of the total funding for administrative purposes.
Continuum of Care (Supportive Housing Program) Funding
In addition to the S+C funding, MVHO receives two grants from the federal U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Supportive Housing (SHP & McKinney) Program. These funds cover a portion of operating costs at Ohio Commons and five other MVHO properties.
Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Corrections (ODRC) Funding
MVHO is one of eight agencies chosen to administer a state demonstration program to house mentally ill persons exiting state prisons. We house nine tenants in units scattered throughout our buildings. ODRC covers the cost of tenants’ services and rental subsidy until they can manage some of these costs on their own.
Montgomery County Funding
MVHO took over management of the old County Home — now called New Hope Villa — from Montgomery County in January of 2008. The transfer to MVHO means that the tenants are now eligible for Medicaid assistance and Section 8 through Dayton Metropolitan Housing Authority. This has lowered the county’s cost for the project by more than $1.5 million per year. In exchange, the county has committed to funding the balance of the project’s ongoing costs.