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HART Program


The HART program was developed to assist adults that meet program eligibility requirements for mental illness and/or substance abuse find affordable housing in order to prevent homelessness. The program is primarily for persons who are being discharged from an inpatient placement and who have no place to live. The primary goal of the program is to create a bridge from the Housing Assistance Rental Transition to more long-term stabilized housing such as Section 8, Public Housing, or independent housing.

Who is Eligible
  • Applicants must be at least 18 years old and meet the financial guidelines of the program.
  • Must be diagnosed with a mental illness or substance abuse dependency and have treatment/service plan with a goal of independent living.
  • Applicants will need to have a Community Support (CS) Worker, or a person trained to act as your CS Worker, and be willing to work to achieve a goal of independent living.
  • Must be receiving Division of Behavioral Health registered or authorized behavioral health services.
  • Must be Nebraska resident.


Fiscal Year 16 was the second fiscal year of the Region administering the HART Voucher Program instead of the local Housing Authority. The goal going into FY 16 was to increase the number of vouchers utilized and decrease the number of one-time funds request. In FY 16 there were 62 consumers on vouchers. In FY 15 there were 30 vouchers issued. There were 62 one-time fund requests in FY 15 and only 29 for FY 16. The program reached it’s goal of serving more consumers with the vouchers. Moving into FY 17 the HART program will have access measures to achieve developed by the Division of Behavioral Health. The program will look to speed up access to services in order to get people housed in a timely manner.

Who We Served in FY2016
91 Consumers Served
  • 21 Consumers – One Time Funds – Mental Health
  • 8 Consumers – One Time Funds – Substance Abuse
  • 41 Consumers – Vouchers – Mental Health
  • 21 Consumers – Vouchers – Substance Abuse
25 Consumers Discharged from Program
  • 3 Self Sufficient
  • 8 Transitioned to Section 8
  • 2 Transferred to Treatment
  • 3 Moved out of Region 1
  • 6 Non-Compliant
  • 3 Incarcerated