The Back@Home-Balance of State (BoS) program is the newest initiative of Back@Home North Carolina, a collaborative rehousing effort led by state and local partners. To maintain stable housing, households must have a combination of adequate income, affordable housing and appropriate support and services. Back@Home-BoS addresses these needs through a combination of financial assistance and housing stabilization services, helping households obtain and maintain housing.
Back@Home-BoS aims to serve individuals and families with severe service needs who are experiencing homelessness within the 79-county NC Balance of State Continuum of Care (CoC), with a special focus on reducing unsheltered and rural homelessness. The program will leverage many federal and state funding sources and other housing resources, including HUD CoC Program funding, U.S. Treasury Emergency Rental Assistance (ERA2) funding and State Fiscal Recovery Fund (SFRF) funding. Back@Home-BoS anticipates utilizing additional funding sources to meet program needs.
The NC Office of Recovery and Resiliency (NCORR) administers the Back@Home-BoS program, with assistance from the NC Department of Health and Human Services and the North Carolina Coalition to End Homelessness.
NCORR will serve as the oversight agency for Back@Home-BoS, responsible for: administering grant funds from multiple sources, assisting with reporting and reimbursement, contracting for and managing funding to provide housing stability financial assistance and services, ensuring compliance with match requirements and assuring compliance and adherence to best practices.
The Balance of State CoC will provide CoC oversight to Back@Home-BoS and support the program's service providers through knowledge and skill-building activities, technical assistance and compliance support.
NCORR will contract with two types of key partners to support of Back@Home-BoS activities.
- Service Providers: Various service providers have been selected as subrecipients of NCORR through a Request for Applications process to cover all 79 counties in the NC Balance of State CoC. These service providers will offer housing stabilization services to program participants, including outreach, case management, system navigation and housing navigation.
- A Centralized Financial Assistance and Housing Navigation Hub: The Housing Collaborative, a 501c3 nonprofit organization, will offer centralized financial assistance administration, housing navigation services, landlord engagement and unit recruitment for Back@Home-BoS. Housing navigation will be provided in collaboration with local service providers.
NCORR is currently partnering with external agencies and subrecipients to carry out program activities as of October 2023.