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Berks County SAM Site Housing Assistance Programs

Berks County MH/DD Program / HealthChoices Housing Assistance Program

This is a Tenant-based rental assistance program.  Applicants for assistance must be Medicaid eligible, HealthChoices enrolled adults (18 years and older) eligible for and receiving HealthChoices behavioral health and/or D&A services in Berks County.    All applicants must have a Priority Population Mental Health diagnosis and/or services through the D&A system. 

Further information, including specific periods of Open Enrollment for applications, and Emergency applications, are available through SAM, TASC or New Story case management,  local ACT TEAM’s, or community Outpatient Mental Health Providers.  

Shelter + Care   

This is a program operated by SAM, Inc., on behalf of the Berks County MH/DD Program,  in coordination with the Reading Housing Authority.  Individuals (not families) with a Priority Population Mental Health diagnosis and/or services through the D&A system, who meet the HUD definition of Homelessness or Chronic Homelessness are eligible to apply.   

Individuals accepted into the Shelter + Care Program receive a Housing Choice Voucher through the Reading Housing Authority and must be willing to remain actively engaged in case management and on-going treatment services. 

 Further information, application packets and updated information regarding potential Waiting List status of the program are available through SAM, Inc.  or TASC case management. 

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