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What is the DMH Rental Subsidy Program?

The Department of Mental Health (DMH) Rental Subsidy Program is a rental voucher program for DMH clients. Clients pay 30% of their adjusted income toward rent and the rental vouchers cover the balance.

Individuals receiving a subsidy also get services through community providers to support their tenancy, health, and recovery. Stable, affordable housing is critical to engaging in effective behavioral health treatment and achieving recovery.

Now more than ever, adequate funding for the DMH Rental Subsidy Program is essential. COVID-19 has taught us that individuals with severe and disabling mental health conditions who are experiencing homelessness or living in congregate settings – such as shelters and state hospitals – are disproportionately vulnerable to the virus.

In addition, vouchers for DMH clients to live in supported, community-based housing is considerably less expensive than the cost of paying for unnecessary hospital days or the direct and indirect costs associated with homelessness.

Can Advocacy Help?

Because of your advocacy, the FY21 budget includes a $1 million increase in the DMH Rental Subsidy Program to help an additional 71 individuals who are "stuck" in psychiatric hospitals because of a lack of community-based housing opportunities or who are homeless.

Please contact your legislators to thank them for their support!