Homelessness Prevention

Housing assistance may be provided to a grant applicant, if and only when they are facing imminent eviction or homelessness*. Binc understands that quick actions may be necessary to help prevent homelessness.  We strive to review bookseller requests confidentially and expediently.

What may be covered

  • Security deposit to move into new rental home/apartment or funding to bring the rent current (must be financially able to pay monthly rent going forward)
  • Essential utility bill deposits; limited to first month if pre-payment is required (electric, natural gas, water & sanitation)
  • Application fee(s)

An applicant is only eligible for one homelessness/eviction prevention grant per their tenure as a bookstore employee or former Borders associate.

Qualifications for providing or maintaining permanent shelter

  • Rent shall not exceed 60% of the household net income
  • Household must met HUD income guidelines (varies by state of residence)
  • Household must have a 30 day eviction notice or 7 day vacate notice
  • If the household is homeless the individual or family must have documentation of temporary housing (shelter admittance notification or waitlist notification)
  • If residing in a condemned property the notice from the department of health is needed
  • Bookseller  must have resided in the apartment or home at least 90 days (3 months) prior to the eviction
  • Grant funds to prevent the eviction will not include expenses that would have been associated with move-in expenses

*Homelessness is defined as (based on federal HUD definition) an individual/family lacking a fixed, regular, and adequate nighttime residence; and an individual who has a primary nighttime residence that is either a supervised publicly or privately operated shelter designed to provide temporary living accommodations (including welfare hotels, congregate shelters, and transitional housing for the mentally ill); or a public or private place not designed for, or ordinarily used as, regular sleeping accommodation for human beings.

Additional documents for Homelessness Prevention:

  1. 30 day eviction notice or 7 day vacate notice
  2. If the household is homeless the individual or family must have documentation of temporary housing (shelter admittance notification or waitlist notification)
  3. If residing in a condemned property the notice from the department of health is needed

Apply Now   Instructions

To access the application form in Word click here (Word).