Steps to Apply
- Complete every step on the application checklist. Only complete applications will be considered.
- Complete a criminal background check.
- Complete an intake interview with the program administrator or case manager.
- Submit a hair follicle sample.
- Attend community meetings monthly while waiting for an opening with Elijah Family Homes.
- Attend and document weekly recovery meetings as applicable while waiting for an opening with Elijah Family Homes.
- Participate in periodic, random drug tests.
- Participate in an interview with members of the Tenant Selection Committee
EFH is an alcohol and drug-free program. Applicants, while receiving supportive housing, remain abstinent from all substances except those prescribed by their physician. Those tenants who have a history of substance abuse are required to have been clean and sober for a minimum of one year and be actively participating in a recovery program.
The Qualified Applicant
- Is age 18 or older and has dependent children under the age of 18 legally living with them during their tenancy.
- Does not qualify for public housing for reasons other than income.
- Has income, adjusted for family size, below the HUD Home Program limits for Kennewick-Richland-Pasco, WA for the current or previous year <50% of the median income of this area.
- Completes a criminal background check. No level 2 or 3 sex offenders allowed.
- Is involved in social services with the intent of making positive changes in life.
- If domestic violence is in their history, has participated in domestic violence treatment and has at least one year free of any complaints against the applicant.
- Completes periodic, random, urine analysis or hair sample to test for drugs before admitted as a tenant.
Elijah Family Homes carefully screens its clients and there are stringent rules to which they must commit. An application with accompanying documents must be completed first. Upon review and acceptance of the application, rigorous interviews are conducted for further information gathering. A decision is made and a client is notified of the outcome.
Elijah Family Homes participants must abide by established policies and:
- seek employment or job training
- participate in substance-abuse testing
- attend EFH and recovery meetings
The top priority of EFH is providing rent subsidies. Rent subsidies for EFH cost an average of $12,500 per family per year. Tenants share rent costs with sliding scale payments. A second priority for EFH is to offer resources for tenants to have:
- education and employment assistance
- mentors, tutors and role models
- accountability and fiscal responsibility
- mandatory random drug urinalysis tests
- family activities.
In selecting housing, Elijah Family Homes focuses on safety and security. EFH tenants present a special needs population, including:
- children and parents having experienced trauma
- children reuniting with parent(s) after removal
- parents lacking a supportive, family safety net
- families representing multiple generations of poverty, substance abuse, child abuse, domestic violence and poor education.