Is your loved one interested in living on his or her own? Did you know there are many creative ways for your loved one to be as independent as possible? Some options include:

  • Subsidized apartments; 

  • State rental assistance programs; 

  • Rental assistance; 

  • Family sublease; 

  • Family supported residence; 

  • Sponsored residential in independent housing

You can read more about each of these options through the DBHDS Creative Housing Approaches Guide.

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The State Rental Assistance Program (SRAP) was developed by the Department of Behavioral Health & Developmental Services to serve people with developmental disabilities who are in the Settlement Agreement Population who want to live in their own apartments, condos or homes. Individuals who are interested in SRAP must do the following:

Who is eligible for the State Rental Assistance Program?

  • A person who meets Virginia's definition of a developmental disability; 

  • Be age 18 or older;

  • Meet the level of functioning criteria for a developmental disabilities waiver; 

  • Be transitioning from a skilled nursing facility, state training center, group home or other congregate group setting OR receive waiver services through the Building Independence, Community Living or Family & Individual Support waiver OR be on the wait list for services

  • Meet criteria for an eligible family (the person with a developmental disability cannot live with his or her parents, guardians or grandparents)

  • Currently, people who live in or wish to reside in the following areas can be referred for SRAP:

    • Chesapeake, Fairfax, Norfolk or Virginia Beach​

    • Fairfax County

    • Clifton, Herndon or Vienna

Priority is given to individuals coming out of congregate living settings, state training centers and group homes. Second priority is given to individuals with developmental disabilities who are homeless or at risk for abuse or neglect, as evidenced by documentation from Adult Protective Services. Final priority is given to individuals with developmental disabilities living with their families. 

State Rental Assistance Program

Apartment Building

The State Rental Assistance Program (SRAP) was developed by the Department of Behavioral Health & Developmental Services to serve people with developmental disabilities who are in the Settlement Agreement Population who want to live in their own apartments, condos or homes. Individuals who are interested in SRAP must do the following:

Who is eligible for the State Rental Assistance Program?

  • A person who meets Virginia's definition of a developmental disability; 

  • Be age 18 or older;

  • Meet the level of functioning criteria for a developmental disabilities waiver; 

  • Be transitioning from a skilled nursing facility, state training center, group home or other congregate group setting OR receive waiver services through the Building Independence, Community Living or Family & Individual Support waiver OR be on the wait list for services

  • Meet criteria for an eligible family (the person with a developmental disability cannot live with his or her parents, guardians or grandparents)

  • Currently, people who live in or wish to reside in the following areas can be referred for SRAP:

    • Chesapeake, Fairfax, Norfolk or Virginia Beach​

    • Fairfax County

    • Clifton, Herndon or Vienna

Priority is given to individuals coming out of congregate living settings, state training centers and group homes. Second priority is given to individuals with developmental disabilities who are homeless or at risk for abuse or neglect, as evidenced by documentation from Adult Protective Services. Final priority is given to individuals with developmental disabilities living with their families. 

State Rental Assistance Program

Apartment Building

The State Rental Assistance Program (SRAP) was developed by the Department of Behavioral Health & Developmental Services to serve people with developmental disabilities who are in the Settlement Agreement Population who want to live in their own apartments, condos or homes. Individuals who are interested in SRAP must do the following:

Who is eligible for the State Rental Assistance Program?

  • A person who meets Virginia's definition of a developmental disability; 

  • Be age 18 or older;

  • Meet the level of functioning criteria for a developmental disabilities waiver; 

  • Be transitioning from a skilled nursing facility, state training center, group home or other congregate group setting OR receive waiver services through the Building Independence, Community Living or Family & Individual Support waiver OR be on the wait list for services

  • Meet criteria for an eligible family (the person with a developmental disability cannot live with his or her parents, guardians or grandparents)

  • Currently, people who live in or wish to reside in the following areas can be referred for SRAP:

    • Chesapeake, Fairfax, Norfolk or Virginia Beach​

    • Fairfax County

    • Clifton, Herndon or Vienna

Priority is given to individuals coming out of congregate living settings, state training centers and group homes. Second priority is given to individuals with developmental disabilities who are homeless or at risk for abuse or neglect, as evidenced by documentation from Adult Protective Services. Final priority is given to individuals with developmental disabilities living with their families. 

State Rental Assistance Program

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Rental choice Virginia

Participants for Rental Choice must live within the service areas of the Fairfax/Falls Church CSB or the Virginia Beach CSB, and Rental Choice will not continue if the individual moves out of the service area.

Rental Assistance

Rental assistance is a subsidy that is provided to help eligible individuals with developmental disabilities to afford housing and is the difference between the tenant's share of the rent (generally 30-40% of his or her income) and the total rental amount. This includes utilities.

Rent-up Assistance

Rent-up assistance are limited funds that help an individual with a developmental disability for assistance such as a security deposit. 

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