Group Residential Housing

Program info

The Group Residential Housing (GRH) program pays for room and board for seniors and adults with disabilities who have low incomes. The program aims to reduce and prevent people from living in institutions or becoming homeless.

There are more than 5,765 licensed or registered settings that qualify as group residential housing. About 4,260 of those are adult foster care homes. Others include board and lodging facilities, supervised living facilities, noncertified boarding care homes, housing with additional services establishments, and other assisted living settings.

Information for providers about rates for these programs is available on the Group Residential Housing Payment Rates page.


Participants must meet a combination of eligibility requirements set by the Supplemental Security Income Program or General Assistance program to qualify for assistance. There are also income and asset limits.

Generally, the program serves:
People 65 or older
People younger than 65 who have a condition that limits their self-sufficiency.

For example, it may be a physical or mental health disability, visual impairment, or chemical dependency.

For more details, contact your county human services office.


Housing providers receive payments to pay for rent, utilities, food, household supplies and other necessities for room and board to participants.

Effective July 1, 2014, the current maximum GRH housing payment is $876 per month. The amount for individual participants may vary.

Depending on their income, some participants pay a portion of the GRH housing rate directly to their housing provider.

The program can pay for additional supportive services in some settings if participants do not qualify for home and community-based waiver programs.


You can apply:
Online at
On paper using the Combined Application Form (DHS-5223) (PDF). Mail or bring the completed form to your county human services agency

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