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Olmsted County Housing and Redevelopment Authority

Bridges Rental Assistance Program

2117 Campus Dr SE, Ste 300, Rochester, MN, 55904

Distance: 993 Miles

(507) 328-6316


Service Details


Helps people with mental illness avoid homelessness by providing them with temporary rental assistance in their community. This allows people to have housing while they are on a waiting list for Section 8 Housing Choice Vouchers or other permanent housing subsidy programs. Housing support services are provided to participants through a local mental health authority.

Subsidies are determined by a calculation using gross income. The resident's rent is based on the resident's income.

Funding from the program may be used:
* To pay rent directly to a landlord
* For security and utility deposits
* To pay for the full rent, for up to 90 days, during medical or psychiatric crisis


  • Specialization
    • Mental health 


Recipients must:
* Be 18 years of age or over
* Have been diagnosed with a serious mental illness as defined in the MN Comprehensive Mental Health Act
* Have a household income at or below 50 percent of the area median income

Since the program will serve as a transition to a permanent subsidy, program recipients and organizations providing housing will need to follow rules for:
* Provision of income verification
* Leasing procedures
* Federal housing quality standards
* Payment standards limits to cap program rents

Highest priority is given to people residing in an institution (such as a hospital, treatment center, correctional facility, adult foster care or other segregated setting) who will be homeless upon discharge.

Bridges program service area:
Olmsted County

Application Instructions

Referral to the program must be made by a mental health professional. The program is administered to participants by the local housing agency in communities where eligible applicants live. This program may be full or may have a waiting list.

Area Served

Olmsted County


Phone Numbers

Type Number Hours
Main (507) 328-7150
FAX (507) 328-7959

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