Shelter Plus Care Program

Miami Valley Housing Opportunities manages more than $2.5 million each year in Shelter Plus Care (S+C) Rent Subsidies from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. These subsidies allow us to serve more than 400 formerly-homeless persons with disabilities.

To be eligible for Shelter Plus Care, a person must be considered homeless and disabled, and must receive ongoing community services that are related to the disability. All participants must meet the very low income limits, which is 50% of the area median income established by US Department of Housing and Urban Development and determined by household size. He or she can be classified as severely disabled due to mental health, substance abuse, or AIDS (HIV). Other disabilities can be considered as long as all other eligibility requirements are met.

Participants in the Shelter Plus Care program must be referred to us by an agency that can confirm the person's eligibility. The primary referral sources are the Gettysburg Gateway for Men, Daybreak, the St. Vincent de Paul Gateway for Women and Families, and the YWCA Domestic Violence Shelter.

MVHO has been providing this type of service since 1991 and is currently serving more than 400 people, about 90 of whom are housed in units owed by MVHO. It is important to note that MVHO provides the housing ("shelter") component of S+C, but we do not provide the "care" component. The service partners for S+C are Daybreak, Homefull, Daymont, Eastway, South Community, YWCA, Safe Haven, AIDS Resource Center, Places, Veterans Administration, Samaritan Clinic, CAM (Consumer Advocacy Model) and Mercy Manor.