Shelter Plus Care

Shelter Plus Care Program (S + C Program)

The McKinney/Vento Shelter Plus Care program offers rental assistance to homeless persons who have disabilities, particularly mental illnesses, problems with substance abuse, and AIDS or AIDS-related illnesses. In the Shelter Plus Care program, residents pay 30 percent of their income for rent, and the program pays the balance of the rent.

There are four types of rental assistance funded through Shelter Plus Care:

  1. Tenant-based rental assistance. In this type of program, residents live in the housing they choose, although they can be asked to live in a catchment area. Funding is for a 5-year term.
  2. Sponsor-based rental assistance. In this type of program, residents live in housing owned or leased by the sponsoring agency. Funding is provided for five years by a contract between the grant applicant and a sponsoring entity, such as a non-profit or community mental health center.
  3. Project-based rental assistance. In this type of program, residents live in a facility rented from the grant recipient. Grant recipients contract with owners of properties for 5 or 10 years. The time period can be 10 years if the owner of the facility completes rehabilitation on the facility within 12 months of the grant.
  4. Single Room Occupancy Dwellings (SRO). Residents live in efficiency units and typically share kitchen and bathroom facilities. Grants may be issued for 10 years.

Shelter Plus Care funds are administered through the Continuum of Care program.

Eligible applicants are the following:

  • States
  • Local governments
  • Public Housing Agencies

Non-profit organizations typically work closely with grant applicants and may receive the rental assistance in tenant-based, sponsor-based, and project-based assistance.

All projects funded through Shelter Plus Care must match dollar-for-dollar with supportive services for the residents.

Click here for the Shelter Plus Care section of the HUD website.