Bridge Subsidy Program
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The Division of Mental Health (DMH) Bridge Subsidy Program assists consumers diagnosed with serious mental illness (SMI) or SMI with co-occurring substance abuse disorders secure affordable housing. This model incorporates payment of security deposits, utility connection (not arrearages), and rent supplement until the consumer is able to receive a federal Section 8 housing voucher or another subsidy. The program is modeled on the federal Section 8 housing voucher program. The participant pays no more than 30% of gross income towards the rent. The priority population are individuals who have serious mental illness and are (1) young adults aging-out of guardianship through the Department of Children and Family Services or the Individual Care Grant Program, (2) consumers who are homeless, (3) residents of long term care facilities, (4) individuals at risk of admission of long term care, (5) long term patients in the state psychiatric hospitals or (6) consumers in DMH contracted Supervised or Supported Residential settings. All applicants for Bridge Subsidy must be on a waiting list for a federal Section 8 housing voucher from the local Public Housing Authority or other rental subsidy options.
Individuals approved for Bridge Subsidy are provided up to $2,800 in Transition Assistance Funds to cover security depositsa and utility connections, and to establish basic household needs based on approved purchases. In FY14, approximately 900 individuals were served.
In FY14, the Bridge Subsidy Program was funded through state General Revenue Funds.