Homelessness Prevention

Housing assistance may be provided when a bookseller is facing imminent eviction or homelessness*. At Binc we understand that quick actions may be necessary to prevent homelessness and we strive to review bookseller requests quickly.

Considered expenses include:

  • 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 prepayment is required (electric, natural gas, water & sanitation)
  • Application fee(s)

Additional requirements:

  • Rent shall not exceed 60% of the household net income
  • Household must have a 30-day eviction notice or 7 day vacate notice
  • Bookseller must have resided in the apartment or home at least 90 days prior to the eviction
  • A bookseller is only eligible for one homelessness/eviction prevention grant.

Event Documentation

  1. 30-day eviction notice or 7-day vacate notice
  2. Current lease or mortgage statement
  3. Documentation of temporary housing, if the family is currently homeless (if applicable)
  4. Notice from the department of health for a condemned property (if applicable)

Financial Documentation

  1. Recent pay stubs or income statements for all adults in the household
  2. Recent checking and savings statements for all adults in the household


After receiving the application, Binc will be in contact to discuss your current circumstances and to request additional documents as needed.

*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.