DSHS Annual STRMU Cap and
What is the DSHS Annual STRMU Cap?
It is a formula that Project Sponsors can use
to establish a dollar amount limit on the total
amount of STRMU assistance a HOPWA
eligible client can receive in a year.
Section 10-12 in the HOPWA Program
Why would a Project Sponsor want to
set a limit on the amount of money a
client can receive for STRMU?
There may be many different reasons:
1. A Project Sponsor’s budget for STRMU is not enough to
meet the established goal of STRMU households to be
2. A Project Sponsor wants to serve the individuals on the
STRMU waitlist and so needs to reduce the amount of
STRMU assistance to current STRMU clients.
3. A Project Sponsor experiences STRMU clients
strategically using STRMU assistance as long-term
perpetual assistance, and not demonstrating emergency
What is the DSHS STRMU Cap
No less than 1 month of the FMR for the
appropriate unit size and no more than the
Project Sponsor’s budget STRMU funds per
client per year (52-week period).
Note: the STRMU Cap includes rent and
Do PS have to set an Annual STRMU
No. Project Sponsors have the option to set
a cap if needed.
What does a PS do if they want to set
an Annual STRMU Cap?
The PS must get approval from their AA.
Establish a written policy for the cap and
ensure the cap is applied in a consistent,
uniform, and non-discriminatory manner.
Can a PS set multiple caps?
Yes, if you serve multiple counties with a
wide range of rent prices then you may want
to ensure STRMU assistance is equitable
among your clients.
This must be approved by your AA.
PS STRMU budget for 2008 is $25,000 and the goal
is to serve 10 clients ($2,500/client/year).
The 1 month FMR for a 1 bedroom unit is $450.
Cap can be from $450 to $2,500 per client per year
If the Cap is set at $1,500/client/year, then the PS
can serve 6 to 7 more clients.
What if a PS wants a monthly STRMU
A monthly STRMU Cap can be calculated
from your Annual STRMU Cap.
Since clients can receive no more than 21
weeks (147 days) of STRMU assistance,
then take the Annual STRMU Cap/147 days
x 30 days = STRMU monthly cap per client.
Monthly STRMU cap can be used for
There is no official cap on the amount of
monthly STRMU assistance a client can
receive (unlike TBRA) but if a PS feels a
need to set a monthly cap, a policy must be
established and approved by the AA.
What if we already have a monthly
Project Sponsors must ensure the current
monthly STRMU Cap is within the DSHS
formula and a written policy is established.
AAs must ensure PS apply the formula in a
uniform, consistent, and non-discriminatory
If an Annual STRMU Cap is
established, does the 21 weeks (147
days) regulation still apply?
Yes. No client can receive more than
21-weeks (147 days) worth of STRMU
assistance. This is a federal regulation.
The STRMU Cap allows Project
Sponsors to place stricter limits on the
amount of STRMU assistance a client
can receive for a year.
What is Rent Reasonableness?
This means that “rent charged for a unit must
be reasonable in relation to rents currently
being charged for comparable units in the
private unassisted market and must not be in
excess of rent currently being charged by the
owner for comparable unassisted units.”
24 CFR 574.320(a)(3) Sections 10-9 and 11-4 in the HOPWA
Is this required for all HOPWA
No. This is required only for TBRA
households and rent reasonableness must
be verified before assistance is provided.
Although it is not directly required for STRMU
households, an assessment of the client’s
current housing situation is required and the
client should not be living in a unit beyond
their means and perpetually dependent on
How do we determine Rent
There are a couple ways:
1. Use Form H in the Client Enrollment Packet
for each TBRA household to be assisted
(updated at least annually or as unit
2. Create a local housing spreadsheet
comparing units within the same area (i.e.
by county, zip code, building complex, etc.)
(updated at least annually)
Where do we get this information?
Apartment locating books and/agencies
Lease information from landlords
Local Housing Authority
How do PS document this?
Document the rent reasonableness on the
TBRA worksheet in Form I
Include Form H with the client file or copy the
appropriate section of the proposed unit from
the local housing spreadsheet.
How do we determine what is NOT
Reminder: the program cannot pay more than
the FMR (including utilities).
Average the gross rent (unit rent and utility
allowance) of a minimum of 2 comparable
units and the proposed unit cannot be more
than 10% above the average of the 2 units
(or the average of the units by area if using
the local housing spreadsheet).
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