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Mental Hygiene Administration's (MHA) Continuum of Care (CoC)

(formerly Shelter Plus Care)

The Mental Hygiene Administration's (MHA) Continuum of Care (CoC) Housing Program is a tenant based rental subsidy program.  The purpose of the program is to provide permanent housing in connection with supportive services to homeless people with disabilities and their families.  Unlike transitional housing programs, no time limit is placed on tenancy in a Continuum of Care assisted unit.  However, rental assistance is contingent on federal Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) funding being available.  MHA’s Continuum of Care Housing Program was designed as the housing component of the Maryland Community Criminal Justice Treatment Program (MCCJTP) for those who meet the criteria of homelessness (as defined by HUD) and have a mental disability.  The goal of the program is to break the cycle of recidivism for individuals who end up in the criminal justice system as a result of being homeless.



      The program is targeted to serve individuals and families who are homeless as defined by HUD and have:

        • Serious mental illness; and/or
        • Chronic problems with alcohol, drugs, both; and/or
        • Acquired immunodeficiency (AIDS) or related diseases.


Services Provided

The objectives of the program are to assist participants to obtain/remain in permanent housing, to increase skills and/or income of participants, and to help participants achieve greater self determination.  The program is targeted to serve individuals and families who are homeless as defined by HUD, have a serious mental illness, and are currently incarcerated due to misdemeanor charges or nonviolent felony charges related to their mental disability and/or homelessness status.  The CoC Program will also serve individuals who have been recently released (within 2 year period) who are on the intensive caseloads of parole and probation, or a participant of the Trauma Addictions Mental Health and Recovery (TAMAR) Program, the TAMAR’s Children or PATH Programs who meet the disability and homelessness criteria.


Person to Contact for this Program

Kara Lankford
12501 Willowbrook Road S.E.
P.O. Box 1745
Cumberland, MD 21501-1745
Phone: (301) 759- 5070
Fax: (301) 777-5621