Bridging Rental Assistance Program (BRAP)

 

The BRAP program utilizes a model similar to the Housing First Model, by providing rental assistance to adults with severe and persistent mental illness and co-occurring substance use disorders and then referring these individuals to supportive services in the community based on their needs. BRAP serves individuals leaving psychiatric hospitals, community residential programs, and homeless programs throughout the state.

Program participants provide 51% of their income* towards rent while the remaining amount is subsidized through the BRAP program.

About the Program

General Program Eligibility**

Adults with a Severe and Disabling Mental Illness who:

  • Meet Eligibility For Care Criteria for Community Support Services as defined by Section 17.02 of the MaineCare Benefits Manual; and
  • Currently receive SSI/SSDI benefits, have applied for benefits, or are in the process of appealing a denial; and
  • Have applied for a Section 8 Housing Voucher; and
  • Meet one of BRAP’s three priorities
    • Applicant is leaving a State Institution, or a private psychiatric hospital bed; or a state funded residential treatment program (MH PNMI) or has been discharged within the last 30 days from any of these institutions.
    • Applicant is literally homeless as defined by HUD.
    • Applicant is being discharged within the next 30 days from a correctional facility (jail/prison); or has been adjudicated through a mental health treatment courts and meets Section 17 criteria.

 

If you feel that you may qualify for BRAP and would like more information, please contact the Local Administering Agency for your area.

Their contact information can be found at:

Statewide Contact List View the LAA/CAA Directory.

*Some restrictions and/or additional requirements may apply

**information and eligibility guidelines are subject to change as needed – please contact your local agency for more information