On April 11, the Technical Assistance Collaborative (TAC), an NLIHC Special Member, released a new report on state-funded rental assistance programs for persons with mental illness or other disabilities, entitled State Funded Housing Assistance Programs. The report provides profiles detailing 77 state funded programs and finds that 34 states have developed programs to address unmet housing needs among people with mental illness or other disabilities.
According to the study, most state-funded housing assistance programs focus on specific target populations, due to limited funding availability. Of the 77 programs examined, only nine use income as the sole criteria to determine eligibility. The majority of programs focused on a specific population, and a third of the programs focused on people with serious mental illness.
Most of the programs covered by the study are designed to move households to permanent federal housing assistance. Over half of the subsidy programs examined required assisted households to be on a waiting list for permanent rental assistance. However, transitioning to federal rental assistance is often difficult for program participants, so many participants remain enrolled in state programs for longer than the program design intended. TAC researchers recommend that states work more closely with Public Housing Authorities to design programs to ease the transition between state and federal rental assistance.
The report is a companion document to the forthcoming NLIHC database of state and city funded rental housing programs.
The report, State Funded Housing Assistance Programs, is available on TAC’s webpage: http://bit.ly/1iNB5Y1