Missouri Department of Mental Health Housing Unit

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What's New?

  • May 16, 2018: Updated Shelter Plus Care Eligibility Packet published.
  • April 25, 2018: Coordinated Entry Directory updated (visit the Shelter Plus Care page).
  • October 3, 2017: revised Shelter Plus Care Operations Manual (formerly the DMH Housing Manual) published.


Liz Hagar-Mace, Housing Director, Honored with Award

Liz Hagar-Mace has been selected by the Empower Missouri Board of Directors to receive the Janet Rosenwald Becker Award for Housing Advocacy. The Becker Award is “given periodically to a person or organization in Missouri who/that has contributed to access to stable housing for people with extremely low incomes through persistent advocacy, innovative ideas, and collaboration with persons living in poverty. Special consideration will be given to nominees who have removed barriers to securing housing and/or who have secured public policy that improves access to affordable housing.”

The Governor’s Committee to End Homelessness nomination states: “Liz Hagar-Mace, Housing Director for Missouri Department of Mental health has thirty years' experience in program planning and development of housing opportunities for low-income, disabled and homeless individuals and families. We enthusiastically nominate her for this award as we cannot think of anyone else who is more deserving. Her career has been dedicated to increasing affordable, accessible and decent housing for low-income and vulnerable individuals.” The award will be given at the November 17th annual conference, "Housing Empowers."


The mission of the Department of Mental Health's Housing Unit is to assist Missourians challenged by mental illnesses, substance abuse/addictions and developmental disabilities in obtaining and maintaining safe, decent and affordable housing options that best meet their individual and family needs. The DMH Housing Unit believes that housing is a key to helping Missourians with disabilities and their families attain self-determination and independent living.


All Missourians challenged by mental illnesses, substance abuse/addictions and developmental disabilities have housing options that are affordable and accessible, integrated into communities, and provide real choice.

What We Do

DMH Housing works to abolish homelessness in Missouri by collaborating with DMH's Division of Behavioral Health and Division of Developmental Disabilities to provide rental assistance to homeless mental health services consumers and those at risk of homelessness, using both federal and state funds. We also make efforts to expand housing options for all mental health services consumers in the state; and to assist in creating vital partnerships between housing developers and non-profit agencies in the development of affordable rental units statewide.

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