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 STATUSDMH Housing will NOT be accepting RAP applications during the month of September 2020 because the program is currently over budget. When we do accept applications, please be aware:

  • Only the most current version of the application will be processed. The most current version says "Revised 3/2020" in the lower right corner of each page. If you don't have this version, please send an email to housing@dmh.mo.gov requesting an application, and the form will be emailed to you.
  • Applications are only accepted via email, not by fax. You must use encrypted email to comply with HIPAA. If you're not sure how to encrypt email, check with your agency. You can also password-protect the application PDF instead of using encryption.
  • DMH only accepts RAP applications from mental health support service agencies. Applications coming directly from persons needing the assistance cannot be processed, and we do not send applications directly to persons needing assistance. If you believe you need RAP assistance and that you qualify, please have a case manager, community support worker, or other agency staff person you get services from send a request for an application to housing@dmh.mo.gov.

One-Time Assistance

RAP one-time assistance (OTA) is provided to (1) prevent eviction and re-establish housing stability; and/or (2) assist households to move into safe and affordable rental housing. This assistance is intended to help households who can rent on their own once they have been assisted. Therefore, assisted households must, in practice, have stable income where rent and utilities do not exceed 50% of their income and/or a permanent housing voucher such as a Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher.

RAP ONE-TIME ASSISTANCE PAYS FOR:

Rental costs:

  • Past due rent up to three months
  • Move-in costs: security deposit and first month’s rent

Utility costs:

  • Utility deposit up to $500
  • Past due utility bills up to $600

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

RAP ONE-TIME ASSISTANCE DOES NOT PAY FOR:
  • Costs associated with home ownership or mortgages
  • Late fees, court costs or legal fees
  • Rental application fees
  • Future rent beyond the current month of the application
ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS:
  • The Applicant must be receiving mental health services and/or substance use disorder services from a DMH-contracted provider agency.
  • The Applicant’s household must be in an unstable situation that can be stabilized by one-time assistance (late rent, a 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, cannot afford move-in costs, etc.).
  • The Applicant must have a combined household income of no more than 50% of their Area Median Income.
APPLICATION SUBMISSION REQUIRMENTS:
  • Applications are only accepted during the first five business days of the month and must be received by DMH Housing during this time period in order to be considered for assistance (applications submitted after that date for the month will not be reviewed).
  • Applications must come from a community support worker or other employee of a 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 may submit one-time assistance applications as well, but the household must have a person actively engaged in DMH services in order to qualify.
GENERAL INFORMATION:
  • Applications will be reviewed and if determined eligible, referred to a processing center within 1 -2 weeks following the 5th business day of the month. Payments are typically made by processing centers within 5 – 10 business days after receipt of the referral, but times can vary. 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.
  • All payments are made directly to landlords or property managers, and/or utility companies. NO payments are made to clients.
  • The case manager who submitted the application will receive an email notifying them when the application has been approved and referred to the processing center for payment.  The case manager or tenant can use this email as verification to the landlord or utility company that payment has been approved. DMH Housing does not do pledges to utility companies.
  • To request an application or for questions about how to fill out an application, email housing@dmh.mo.gov.
  • Securely email scanned applications to housing@dmh.mo.gov (email must be encrypted or the application PDF must be password-protected to comply with HIPAA requirements).

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.

RAP Operations Manual Revised March 11, 2020

DMH Housing published a revision of the RAP Operations Manual on March 11, 2020 (updates are found in Chapter 2 and do not substantially affect processing centers). Future updates will be posted here and updated sections will be 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.