How Do You Qualify for Shelter Plus Care Housing?


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To qualify for Shelter Plus Care housing, you must be homeless, have a physical or a mental impairment, or you must have a developmental disability as of 2016. To apply, a community-based organization that has a contract with the local Housing Authority under the Shelter Plus Care program must refer you.

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The actual application process varies by state. In Missouri, the application is available as a PDF on the website of the Missouri Department of Mental Health. The application entails an initial two-part process, which includes the Shelter Plus Care application and the Homeless Management Information System application.

The Missouri DMH only accepts Shelter Plus Care applications by fax. The fax number is on the application in addition to a phone number to call if you need help filling out the application. The Massachusetts Department of Housing and Community Development oversees the Shelter Plus Care program, or the McKinney Shelter Plus Care program.

There are several corresponding programs whose clients the Massachusetts DHCD considers eligible for the Shelter Plus Care program, and prospective applicants must contact the division of the Bureau of Federal Rental Assistance for further information and applications as of 2016. Contact information is located on Mass.gov under Home, Family & Veterans, Most Requested, Rental Assistance Programs and McKinney Shelter Plus Care Program.

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