More than $80 million is being sought for the L.A. funding package, she said.
“I think they can do it, but you never want to take it for granted. It’s a national competition,” Profant Komuro said.
The Burbank program would use 10 studio, five one-bedroom and five two-bedroom apartments once agreements are reached with landlords, she said.
The rent would be based on a client’s income, not the size of the apartment, Profant Komuro added, noting that some people are able to build their income over time and pay more rent. Others are able to move on to more permanent housing.
“These are extremely-low-income people, and their monthly income ranges from $200 to $800 for single people,” Profant Komuro said.
For families, their monthly income would be no more than $1,200 a month.
Through the program, rent for a single would be $175; rent for a one-bedroom apartment would be $300; and rent for a two-bedroom would be $500, Profant Kumoro said. Market-rate rents for the apartments are $961, $1,159 and $1,447, respectively, according to HUD figures for fiscal year 2012.
The difference between the rent and what the tenant would pay is the subsidy, which over five years is $84,450, Profant Kumoro said.
Ascencia would have to raise additional funds to pay for social or medical services the homeless client might need.
Barbara Howell, executive director of Burbank Temporary Aid Center, said she fully supported the grant application, adding that much of the logistics of fulfilling the grant would take place out of her office.
“This is another opportunity to work together to help provide service for the homeless in Burbank,” she added.
According to the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority, 202 people in Burbank were homeless in 2011, and of those, 114 were without shelter, 48 were using an emergency shelter and 40 were in transitional housing.
“The vast majority of clients that move into housing, we’ve been working with for a period of time,” Profant Komuro said. “We’re going to know quite a bit about their behavior."