Important information on the Rapid Housing Transition Program (RHTP) and coronavirus (COVID-19) is now available. Please visit:

The Rapid Transition Housing Program (RTHP) provides a rental subsidy and supportive housing services for high-need Medicaid beneficiaries. RTHP, previously known as Nursing Home to Independent Living (NHIL), is a Medicaid Redesign Team initiative funded by the Department of Health and administered by the New York Association on Independent Living. The program will be available in four areas of the state: Long Island, Syracuse, New York City and Rochester.
Eligible participants of the program are those individuals who are either currently enrolled in the program or are individuals with one or more documented chronic physical disabilities and have two or more chronic conditions (e.g., asthma, diabetes, substance abuse disorder (SUD)). Participants in the program must be on Medicaid and referred as homeless high-utilizers by a hospital, Managed Care Organization (MCO), medical respite, Performing Provider System (PPS), or skilled nursing facility (SNF).

The RTHP subsidy will be modeled after the Housing Choice Voucher (Section 8) and Olmstead Housing Subsidy program in that the lease will be in the individual’s name and he/she will be required to pay 30% of their monthly income, less allowances. There will also be funding available for “community transition services” which includes security deposits, moving expenses, utility payments, and household establishment purchases.

NYAIL is partnering with member ILCs to staff Housing Specialists and Independent Living Specialists in the areas being served to provide outreach and assist eligible individuals with RTHP enrollment, unit selection, service planning and linkage to providers as needed.


Click below for a Rapid Transition Housing Program Referral Form.

Click below for a listing of Rapid Transition Housing Program Housing Specialists

Click below to download our brochure


RTHP Database (Authorized Users Only)


For more information, please contact:

Valerie Brennan
Director of Housing Programs
155 Washington Ave, Suite 208
Albany, NY 12210
Phone: 518-465-4650 x110 Fax 518-465-4625
Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.