Georgia Housing Voucher Program and Bridge Funding Program (GHVP)
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The National Low Income Housing Coalition is providing this data as a public service. NLIHC will continue to update the database. The accuracy of the data is based on information provided by the programs' administrators and user submissions.
The Georgia Housing Voucher program (GHVP) provides supportive housing to individuals with mental illness. The program focuses on chronically homeless individuals as well as those transitioning out of state psychiatric institutions. In addition to rental support, voucher recipients are eligible for bridge funding thatcovers security deposits and moving expenses. GHVP was established in response to a legal settlement tied to Olmstead enforcement, which requires public entities to provide community based services and living arrangements to persons with disabilities when such services are appropriate. The U.S. Department of Justice alleged that Georgia segregated people with mental illness in psychiatric hospitals in violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act. Under the terms of settlement, Georgia was to place 2,000 individuals with persistent mental illness in supportive housing by 2015.
In FY11, 122 individuals were served and in FY12, 650 individuals were served. The average GHVP rent subsidy provided to an individual was $544 each month. In FY12, 523 individuals also received bridge funding.
GHVP and the bridge funding are administered by the Georgia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities, with the expectation that GHVP recipients will eventually be transitioned to the federal Section 8 housing voucher program.
GHVP and bridge funding receive state appropriations. Funding was $2.5 million in FY12 and $3.6 million in FY13. For the combined programs, $8,975,198 was allocated for FY14, $11,380,581 for FY15 and $13,308,581 for FY16.