Program Description

The Department of Mental Health Rental Assistance Program (DMHRSP) was established to provide rental assistance to units occupied by low-income persons who receive supportive residential services through DMH.  The program is collaboration between DHCD's Bureau of State Rental Assistance, which is responsible for regulatory and administrative oversight of the program, and DMH, which is responsible for selecting Service Provider Agencies and allocating rental assistance subsidy funds.

How it works:
An eligible resident will be pay a monthly occupancy charge of either 30 or 35% of their net income to the Service Provider who will in turn pay the landlord, depending on whether or not the utilities are included in the rent; and the state's local housing authority will pay the remainder.

Who is eligible:
Eligible residents are those who are 1) financially eligible as determined by the local housing agency, 2) in need of supportive residential services as determined by DMH, and 3) eligible to participate or participating in a Residential Services Program.

Screening process:
The DMHRSP uses a closed referral process.  Persons meeting criteria 2 and 3 above under Who is eligible are referred by DMH to an appropriate Service Provider Agency under contract with them.  Once the Service Provider locates a suitable unit for the household, the unit information is forwarded to DHCD for review and approval, and the household is referred to the local housing agency for income eligibility determination.

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