Rental Services and Housing

Working in the Community to Provide Housing Options for Adults with Mental Illness

Rental Assistance
  • BRAP
  • Shelter Plus Care

CHCS Housing
  • Penobscot Riverview Apartments (Transitional- 2 Year: One Bedroom)
  • Penobscot Riverview Apartments (Permanent: One Bedroom)

See BRAP Application and Additional Information Below
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In accordance with Federal law and USDA policy, this institution is prohibited from discrimnating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age or disability. (Not all prohibited basis apply to all programs.) To file a complaint of discrimination, write to:  USDA, Director, Office of CIvil Rights, Room 326-W, Whitten Building, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW, Washington, DC 20250-9410 or call (800) 795-3272 (voice) or (202) 720-6382 (TDD).
UDSA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.
Fair Housing
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Related Document:
BRAP Application.pdf

CHCS Housing

CHCS Housing Options

Penobscot Riverview Apartments I(8 One-Bedroom Apartments) Applicants must have a disability and be either homeless or leaving a psychiatric institution with no home to go to at discharge. This is 2-Year transitional housing. Applicants must have Section 17/Community Support Services in place at move-in and have a need to work with community support on barriers to successful, permanent housing in the community. Tenants who were homeless prior to tenancy maintain their homeless status.

Penobscot Riverview Apartments II (4-One-Bedroom Apartments) Applicants must be currently homeless and document 60 days of homelessness in the past 365 days and have a disability. This is permanent housing. Tenants can use BRAP, S+C, or Section 8. Must have Section 17/Community Support Services in place at move-in and have a need to work with community support on barriers to successfully maintaining Housing.


Rental Subsidy Programs

BRIDGING RENTAL ASSISTANCE PROGRAM (BRAP) has been established in recognition that recovery can only begin in a safe, healthy, and decent environment, a place one can call home.  There is not a single housing market in the country where a person receiving Social Security as their sole income source can afford to rent even a modest one-bedroom apartment.  BRAP is designed to assist individuals with housing assistance for up to 24 months or until they are awarded a Housing Choice Voucher (aka Section 8 Voucher), another federal subsidy, or alternative housing placement.  All units subsidized by BRAP funding must meet the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Housing Quality Standards and Fair Market Rents.  Following a Housing First model, initial BRAP recipients are encouraged, but not required to accept the provision of services to go hand in hand with the voucher.

Program participants pay 51% of their income for rent.  BRAP subsidizes the remaining portion of the rent up to the Fair Market Rent.

SHELTER PLUS CARE (SPC
) is a federal program funded by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) designed to provide permanent rental subsidies and supportive services to homeless individuals with disabilities, primarily those with chronic mental illness, substance abuse, and HIV/AIDS.  SPC is primarily administered by the State of Maine, Department of Health & Human Services-Office of Adult Mental Health (DHHS). DHHS and it’s network of Local Administrative Agencies throughout the state, have committed to providing the direct support services and rental assistance components of the program.  Following a Housing First model, initial SPC recipients are encouraged, but not required to accept the provision of services to go hand in hand with the voucher.
 
Eligibility: all individuals participating in SPC must meet the homelessness and disability criteria as defined by HUD.  Program participants pay 30% of their income towards rent and Shelter Plus Care subsidizes the remaining portion of the rent.  Participants are able to choose their own living units, provided the units meet Housing Quality Standards and fall within the Fair Market Rent established for the area by HUD.

CHCS is the Local Administrative Agency for the DHHS Shelter Plus Care program in a four county area, including: Penobscot, Washington, Piscataquis, and Hancock Counties.


 


CHCS Mission

Community Health and Counseling Services will provide community health services that are needed and valued by the communities and individuals we serve.