DMH's Rental Assistance Program (RAP) is a state-funded housing assistance program that has two primary functions, as described below.

Rapid Rehousing

RAP can provide rapid rehousing assistance: medium- to long-term rental assistance that bridges the gap between housing crisis and transition to permanent housing. Rapid rehousing assistance is strictly limited to a maximum of 24 months of rental assistance, so agencies and community support workers who submit applications on behalf of households in need are required to provide intensive support to help assure a transition to permanent housing. Rapid rehousing is administered almost identically to DMH's Shelter Plus Care programs in other respects: it pays for a security deposit at initial move-in, and some tenants may qualify for a utility credit; assisted rental units are inspected prior to move-in and after 12 months to assure housing quality standards; and participants must recertify their household income, household composition, case management status, and permanent housing plan after 12 months.

To be considered eligible, a person in the household:

  • Must have one of the disabilities listed on Attachment A in the application: serious mental illness, substance use disorder, or a dual diagnosis of the two.
  • Must be actively receiving support services for one of the above conditions from a DMH-contracted provider agency (not necessarily in connection with a disabling condition).
  • Must be experiencing a current housing crisis that if left unaddressed could result in eviction and/or homelessness.
  • Must have a plan in place to transition to permanent housing or self-sufficiency (such as being on a wait list for Section 8, public housing, or income-based housing).
  • Must have a combined household income of no more than 50% of your Area Median Income.
  • Can be either an adult or minor member of the household (an adult head of household applies on behalf of a minor).

Applicants do not have to be currently homeless to qualify. Registered sex offenders are not excluded from applying.

Applications must come from a community support worker or other employee of a DMH-contracted service provider involved in providing community support services.  That person and the Head of Household fill out the application jointly. Applications cannot be accepted directly from persons in need of assistance or from any agency not contracted with DMH.

NOTE on availability of funds: please contact the DMH Housing Unit at 573-526-3125, or email Dirk Cable, before submitting an application, to check on the availability of funds.

Download the June 2016 RAP Rapid Rehousing Application

One-Time Assistance

RAP can provide one-time payments to prevent eviction, restore housing stability, or assist households to move into safe and affordable rental housing. RAP pays for:

--Rental Costs:

  • Overdue rent owed to an owner/landlord, property management company, or public housing agency; or
  • Move-in costs, including security deposit, first month's rent, and other costs required to move in such as last month's rent, cleaning deposit, etc.

--Utility Costs:

  • Utility deposit to establish essential utility services (gas, electric, water, sewer);
  • Overdue utility bills up to a maximum of $350 (larger amounts considered case-by-case)

--Other costs directly related to preserving or accessing stable housing (considered case-by-case)

RAP does not pay for costs associated with home ownership, or mortgages; court costs or legal fees; or rental costs that cannot be documented, such as in the absence of a written lease or contract.

To be considered eligible, a person in the household:

  • Must be actively receiving support services for a mental illness, a substance use disorder, or a dual diagnosis of the two from a DMH-contracted provider agency (not necessarily in connection with a disabling condition).
  • Must be in an unstable housing situation that can be stabilized by one-time assistance (late rent, notice to vacate received, a pending eviction, etc.); or a situation that could be improved by moving into safer and more affordable rental housing (current rent cannot be sustained, housing is substandard, homeless and cannot afford move-in costs, etc.).
  • Must have a combined household income of no more than 50% of the Area Median Income.
  • Must, in general, have enough combined household income to rent on their own once the housing situation is stabilized.

Applications must come from a community support worker or other employee of a DMH-contracted service provider involved in providing community support services.  That person and the Head of Household fill out the application jointly. Applications cannot be accepted directly from persons in need of assistance. Non-DMH agencies can submit one-time assistance applications, but the household must have a person actively engaged in DMH services.

Payment timeline: RAP one-time assistance is not emergency assistance, and cannot be arranged overnight. Wait time for payments varies by location. Some agencies DMH contracts with can pay out within five working days of receiving a referral from DMH, while others must wait to be paid by DMH before they can pay out, which can mean a delay of up to six weeks. DMH strives to process all applications within 1-2 weeks of receipt, but the volume of requests may prevent this. Please be patient, and seek out other resources while waiting.

NOTE on availability of funds: please contact the DMH Housing Unit at 573-526-3125, or email Dirk Cable, before submitting an application, to check on the availability of funds.

Download the June 2016 RAP One-Time Assistance Application

Please note that the above PDF file has attached to it an IRS Form W-9, Request for Taxpayer Identification Number and Certification. This form must be completed by the landlord or or other entity that is to receive rent payment, and must be submitted with the application. Generally a W-9 is not needed for utility payments. Please see the instructions in the form for more information.