Bridge Subsidy Demonstration Program
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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 Bridge Subsidy Demonstration Program was designed to provide up to three years of rental assistance for persons with disabilities on waiting lists for federal permanent housing assistance. Participants spend 30% of adjusted monthly income towards rent and utilities. In order to be eligible for the program, clients must receive Supplemental Security Income (SSI).
The Bridge Subsidy payments are made directly to landlords and cover the difference between the participant's contribution for rent and the rent charged for the unit. The program began taking applications in the spring of 2006 with the goal of assisting 75 participants over three years. In total, 111 individuals have been assisted at a cost of $2.1 million.
The Bridge Subsidy program is part of the Money Follows the Person (MFP) Demonstration Rebalancing Initiative. Although MFP is a Medicaid program, Medicaid does not pay for housing. Therefore all housing funds come from the state. In FY12, $250,000 was spent to maintain individuals participating in the program, but no new funds were available for new applicants. In FY13, $290,000 was spent on the Bridge Subsidy program in tandum with the Developmental Disabilities Administration Bridge.
Contact: Wayne Reed, MD Department of Health Mental Hygiene, 410-767-4915