Group Residential Housing (GRH) is a state-funded income supplement program that pays for room-and-board costs for low-income adults who have been placed in a licensed or registered setting with which a county human service agency has negotiated a monthly rate.
Group Residential Housing Payment Rates
• A county human service agency approves placements in authorized GRH settings.
• GRH pays for room and board in more than 6,111 licensed or registered settings. About 4,373 of those settings are adult foster care homes. Other settings include boarding and lodging establishments, supervised living facilities, noncertified boarding care homes, housing with services establishments and other assisted living settings.
• GRH makes service payments for low-income elderly and adults with disabilities in some foster care and other settings if they cannot access service payments from other sources, such as home and community-based waiver programs.
• GRH payments are made to housing providers on behalf of eligible recipients.
• In state fiscal year 2011, the GRH program served a monthly average of 18,200 elderly and people with disabilities. Without GRH, program recipients likely would be in institutional placements or homeless.
• Approximately 17 percent of GRH recipients are seniors.
• Of GRH recipients less than 65 years of age, all have a combination of factors that limit their self-sufficiency, including physical or mental health disability, visual impairment and chemical dependency.
• GRH recipients must meet a combination of eligibility requirements set by the Supplemental Security Income program or General Assistance.
• The current GRH room and board limit is $867 per month; the average monthly payment per recipient is approximately $530.
• The GRH statewide standardized limit for people who are eligible for service payments through GRH is $459.85 per person, per month.
• A total of $117 million was spent for GRH in FY 2011.
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