Disability Benefits 101 (DB101): DB101 is an interactive tool that helps people with disabilities learn how income and benefits interact so that they can make informed choices about their work, manage their benefits and maximize their potential.
Group Residential Housing (GRH): This program provides an income supplement for persons with a disability to pay for room and board in certain qualified licensed or registered settings, including Adult Foster Care.
Minnesota Supplemental Aid (MSA) Shelter Needy: This program is a supplement to the federal Supplemental Security Income (SSI) program. It increases a recipient’s income in order to enable them to live more affordably in the community.
Bridges Program: Provides a housing subsidy for persons with serious mental illness, who are eligible to receive a Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher subsidy or who can become eligible to receive a Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher based on successful participation in the Bridges Program. This subsidy is only provided while the person is on a waiting list for a federal or other permanent housing subsidy program or formally agrees to apply for a waiting list when one is opened.
Housing Choice Vouchers: Commonly known as Section 8, this is a federally funded program that helps low-income households pay rent for private, market-rate rental units. Households should contact their local housing authority to apply.
Public Housing/Project-Based Section 8: These programs provide rental housing to low-income households. Renters generally pay 30% of their income for rent while some units may have a low fixed rent amount. Subsidies generally stay with the building; when you move out, you no longer have the rental assistance.
Section 42 Tax Credit: This tax credit encourages developers to build affordable housing to meet the needs of the community. As a condition for receiving Housing Tax Credits, owners must keep the units affordable for a specified number of years. Affordable rents are defined and calculated based on Median Household Income figures published annually by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). The residents who live in Section 42 units must be income and program eligible. The rent that a Section 42 resident will pay is based on a fixed rental fee for the unit size that is lower than the average market rate rent in the area.
The following websites can assist participants with their housing search.
Disability Hub MN
HUD Affordable Apartment Search
Housing Resource Tool Box