Group Residential Housing (GRH)
updated September 22, 2017

The Group Residential Housing (GRH) program pays up to $893 per month for room and board in approved locations for people with low income and low assets who have disabilities or other conditions. People who either get General Assistance (GA) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) automatically meet the income and asset limits. Disability Benefits 101 has detailed information about qualifying for GRH.

GRH may also help pay for additional services if you are not eligible for personal care assistance (PCA) services through Medical Assistance (MA) or MA-Waiver programs.

Housing Settings Where GRH May Help

To get GRH benefits, you must live in certain housing settings that have been approved for GRH. These are the most common settings where people may get GRH:

  • Adult Foster Care (AFC). Housing where one to five people with disabilities and seniors each live in their own bedrooms and get some services from an on-site caregiver.
  • Board and Lodge. Housing where five or more people live in their own or shared bedrooms.
  • Supervised living facilities. Housing where five or more people with developmental disabilities live in their own or shared bedrooms and get some services from on-site caregivers.
  • Boarding Care Homes. Housing similar to nursing homes, but in a smaller setting with fewer residents.They offer a full set of services, including skilled nursing, cooking, cleaning, laundry, and personal care assistance.
  • Housing with Services establishments. Independent apartment units or shared housing where residents have their own rental leases and may get supportive services, like laundry and transportation, or health-related services, like skilled nursing.

There are many different names for the types of housing locations that may be allowed for GRH. If you are not sure whether GRH might help you pay for your room and board, ask the administrator of the place you live.

Note: Many people prefer to live in their own homes and apartments, instead of living in the types of housing that are approved for GRH. If you live in your own place, you can arrange to get services there. Various benefits, including the Minnesota Supplemental Aid (MSA) Housing Assistance and Section 8, may help you if you live in your own home or apartment.


You can apply for GRH online using ApplyMN. You can also fill out the Combined Application Form and turn it in to your county human services agency.

When you fill out your application, note that you are requesting GRH and put down the name, address, and telephone number of the location where you plan to live. If you do not mention you are applying for GRH, the county may not check if you are eligible. Both ApplyMN and the Combined Application Form have locations where you can add this type of information.

After you submit your application, you should be contacted shortly by the county to set up an interview if they think you might qualify for GRH.

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