Rapid Transition Housing Program
The Rapid Transition Housing Program (RTHP) provides a rental subsidy and supportive housing services for high-need Medicaid beneficiaries. The program is a Medicaid Redesign Team initiative funded by the Department of Health and administered by the New York Association on Independent Living, and is available in four areas of the state: Long Island, Syracuse, New York City, and Rochester.
Housing Specialists are staffed to assist eligible individuals in locating and securing safe and affordable housing within program guidelines. Individuals sign their own leases and arrange for utilities to be setup under their name. Once determined eligible for the program, they are then assigned to an Independent Living Specialist to devise individualized service plans and assist in linking the participant to community resources for maintaining independence.
Eligible participants of the program are those individuals who are either currently enrolled in the program or individuals with one or more documented chronic physical disabilities and two or more chronic conditions (e.g., asthma, diabetes, hypertension, etc.). Participants in the program must be identified as homeless high-utilizes of Medicaid (within most recent 12 months: or 5 Emergency Department visits; or 2 inpatient hospital stays; or 4 Emergency Department visits and 1 inpatient stay; or currently residing in a skilled nursing facility). Referrals must be made to the program by a formal support within the community such as a hospital, skilled nursing facility, case manager, medical professional and/or shelter staff.
The RTHP subsidy is modeled after the Housing Choice Voucher (Section 8) and Olmstead Housing Subsidy program in that the individual is required to pay 30% of their monthly income, less allowances, as their portion of rent so long as the unit remains within the Fair Market Rent guidelines. There is additional funding available for community transition services which includes security deposits, moving expenses, and the purchase of household necessities.
For additional information please contact:
Housing Program Director: Kelly-Rae Douglas:
631-880-7929 ext. 143
Assistant Director: Nicole Johnson
631-880-7929 ext. 161