PSH Bridge Subsidy Program

What is the purpose of this service?

The DMH Bridge Subsidy Program will help an eligible person by paying part of the rent each month on an apartment. The eligible person would receive this help with rent until he or she is ready to move into his or her own unit or until the time he or she can secure permanent rental help through another program (an example is the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program).  

Along with help paying the rent, DMH will also make sure that each eligible person has the option to receive any supports or services he or she needs.  The DMH Bridge Subsidy Program can also help pay for things that an eligible person might need before moving into an apartment.  These things could include fees, like a security deposit, that a landlord might require or household goods and furniture.

The Bridge Subsidy can assist a consumer with paying rent up to the HUD Fair Market Rent value (pdf) in his or her community. 

Who can receive these services?

In order to be eligible to apply for the DMH Bridge Subsidy Program you must have an Axis I diagnosis of serious mental illness or co-occurring mental illness and substance abuse diagnoses.


You must also be in at least one of the following categories:

  • Resident of a Long Term Care Facility (ICF or IMD), or
  • At risk of placement in a nursing facility, or
  • Extended long term patient in a State Hospital, or
  • An aging-out adolescent or young adult from an Individual Care Grant program, or
  • A Department of Child and Family Services ward aging-out of guardianship, or
  • A resident of a DMH funded supported or supervised (including CILA) residential setting, or
  • Homeless as determined by DMH. DMH's definition of homelessness can be viewed in the document list below.


The total income that you and any household members earn or receive each year must be at or below 30% of the median income for the area in which you live. Find the HUD median income guidelines (pdf) for your area.


You must be on waiting list for rental assistance from a Public Housing Authority (PHA) or agree to register/apply for this rental assistance when it is possible to do so.

How to apply?

This Permanent Supportive Housing model has been developed by the Department of Human Services/Division of Mental Health. Only DMH contracted community mental health centers can submit an application for PSH, on behalf of a consumer who meets one of the priority criterion described above. The web-based application is only accessible to DMH contracted vendors.

If an individual is not enrolled or engaged with one of DMH's contracted vendors then the individual is not eligible to apply for this model of PSH.

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