North Central Mobility Program (NCMP) - Mobility Counseling and Housing Search Assistance Program
This program is available to households with Section 8 vouchers, Rental Assistance Program (RAP) certificates or Transitional Rental Assistance Program (T-RAP) certificates issued by the State of Connecticut Department of Housing through its contractor, J. D’Amelia and Associates.
The North Central Mobility Program (NCMP) is the fourth housing mobility program HERC has developed and implemented since 1992. It has been in operation since 2002 and during that time nearly 500 households have received services.
NCMP participants receive comprehensive counseling, assistance and support services that enable them to explore their housing options throughout the region with the goal of improving their living situation and environment. Clients receive tenant education, budget and credit education and advice, housing search assistance, referrals to other service providers and a variety of other services aimed at facilitating relocation from high- to low-poverty neighborhoods.
It is mandatory that all of those who wish to obtain services through the NCMP participate in Tenant Education and a Family Needs Assessment. Attending a Tenant Education Workshop is the first step and participants receive education and training on the following topics:
- Credit/Budgeting/Money Management
- Local Communities and their Resources and Amenities
- Communication and Negotiation Skills
- Tenant and Landlord Rights and Responsibilities
- Housekeeping and Maintenance
- Fair Housing Laws and Discrimination
- Understanding Leases
- Rental Program Rules and Participant Responsibilities
- How to Conduct a Housing Search
Following Tenant Education, participants meet with a counselor for a Family Needs Assessment to identify the household’s housing needs and wishes as well as family goals in such areas as education, employment, vocational training and other quality of life issues. The counselor also works with the family to address credit concerns and bill-paying practices.
After the Needs Assessment has been competed, the counselor provides referrals for services and programs that will help the family achieve their goals. Also provided is housing search assistance including unit listings and referrals in communities throughout the area. Once a unit has been located, the NCMP counselor provides help with many aspects of relocation.
While most clients enter the program to receive help with locating housing, many finish with great appreciation for the life skills training and education they receive.