Rental Assistance Program

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

FUNDING STATUS: Effective January 31, 2020, the Housing Unit will not be accepting any applications for 30-60 days because of a lack of funds. Please check this web page after March 1, 2020, to see if funds are available.

One-Time Assistance

RAP provides 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, up to three months; or
    • Move-in costs, including security deposit, first month's rent, and other costs required to move in such as a cleaning deposit, etc.
  • Utility Costs:
    • Utility deposits to establish essential utility services (gas, electric, water, sewer), up to a maximum of $500;
    • Overdue utility bills up to a maximum of $600 (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. 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.

To request an application, please call 573-751-9206, or email

Project-Based Rental Assistance

DMH contracts with support service providers around the state to provide rental assistance in supportive housing projects operated by these agencies. Some of the agencies are engaged in providing recovery support housing, while others provide supportive housing for persons with mental illness or dual diagnoses. Each agency has its own eligibility criteria for accessing their housing programs, but in general, applicants must be either receiving support services from the agency itself or from another DMH-contracted service provider.

DMH does not process applications for these housing programs. Contact the individual agency for eligibility information:

  • Amethyst Place, Kansas City. 816-231-8782
  • Compass Health Network, Clinton. 660-885-8131
  • Preferred Family Healthcare: Chloe Place Apartments in Hannibal, 660-342-2201; and Rauschenbach Place in St. Louis, 314-772-2205.

Rental Assistance Program Operations Manual

The Rental Assistance Program (RAP) Operations Manual sets out the policies and procedures the DMH Housing Unit follows in the administration of its state-funded housing assistance program. It is written to make RAP as open and transparent as possible.

The Manual is designed to be most easily used as a PDF document. It is extensively hyperlinked internally for easy navigation. It also has numerous links to external resources on the Web.

Forms in the Manual

All forms found in the RAP Operations Manual (excluding any found at non-DMH Web sites, such as HUD’s HQS Inspection form) can be accessed in Word or Excel format at the DMH Housing Web site. Click the link below to visit the DMH Housing Forms page.

Initial Publication Date: June 28, 2019

DMH Housing published the first version of the RAP Operations Manual on June 28, 2019. Future updates will be posted here and updated sections will noted with an asterisk in the section heading.

Click the link below to open, print, or save the RAP Operations Manual as a PDF file.