May 16, 2022, St. Paul, Minn.—The Arc Minnesota is pleased to announce a new program called the Crisis Housing Assistance Program. This new program is funded by a Minnesota Department of Human Services Behavioral Health Division grant, and The Arc Minnesota is contracted with the department to run it.
The Crisis Housing Assistance Program is a flexible pool of money that provides short-term housing assistance to people with serious mental illness who are receiving who require inpatient or residential care treatment or Substance Use Disorder treatment. It is available to people who are receiving treatment for 90 days or less, and who meet the other eligibility criteria.
“People should be able to receive treatment without worrying about their housing related costs,” says Ellen Baudler, Director of Housing Services at The Arc Minnesota.
The fund supports eligible people by covering housing related costs that they cannot afford due to paying for their treatment program or due to loss of income while they receive treatment. It can be used to cover rent, mortgage, and utilities for up to three months.
“This program helps remove one financial barrier to treatment. It is a path forward to people to get the support they need in all areas of their life,” says Baudler.
The program eligibility includes people in low and moderate income households, who live with a mental health diagnosis that seriously limits primary aspects of daily living.
The Arc Minnesota is a statewide nonprofit organization that works to promote and protect the human rights of people who have intellectual and developmental disabilities, actively supporting them and their families in a lifetime of full inclusion and participation in their communities. People with disabilities and their families trust The Arc for information, assistance, education, and public policy leadership. For more information, visit www.arcminnesota.org