Who is Eligible?
Clients must meet the following criteria to be eligible for the Crisis Housing Fund:
- Persons with a serious mental illness as defined as an organic disorder of the brain or a clinically significant disorder of thought, mood, perception, orientation, memory, or behavior that is detailed in a diagnostic codes list published by the commissioner, and that seriously limits a person's capacity to function in primary aspects of daily living such as personal relations, living arrangements, work, and recreation.
- Persons with community-based housing (rental or ownership) NOT state or federally funded housing.
- Persons of low or moderate income, as determined by the Department of Housing & Urban Development.
- Persons admitted to a mental health treatment facility (includes a facility for chemical dependency) and receiving treatment for 90 days or less.
- Persons applying from community hospitals must be assisted with a referral for mental health case management services.
- Covers housing related expenses a client is paying, but cannot now pay because their income is being used for treatment OR due to the loss of income while in treatment.
- Covers rent, mortgage, utilities (heating fuel, electricity, water, sewer, garbage disposal, and phone).
- Funds only cover the retention of the client's current housing.
- Cannot be used for crisis beds, adult foster care, residents in assisted living, nursing homes, group homes, or board and lodge.
- Funds cannot be used to pay past due bills that occur outside of the treatment period.
Statewide Income Limits
Total household income must not exceed the County/MSA Low-Income limits as adjusted by household size.
Click here for household income limits. Income limits are effective 01/01/2017.
How to Apply
Applications can only be completed by the Applicant Agency representative, not the client.
Eligible Applicant Agencies
- Include nonprofit corporations, governmental units, and Indian tribes.
- Must have offices in Minnesota.
For additional information on the program, please read an overview of the program provided by the Department of Human Services and/or read an explanation of the program written by David Schultz, a retired Mental Health program consultant at the Department of Human Service.