Highlights of our Housing Programs
Housing Case Management
Our housing case management program is provided as part of our extensive wrap-around services that address our clients’ clinical and therapeutic treatment needs. This program serves individuals who are homeless and at-risk of homelessness, many of whom have chronic behavioral health conditions. Through our services, we have been able to reduce barriers related to homelessness, unemployment, and behavioral health conditions. Case managers administer a needs assessment with our clients and develop targeted, goal-driven case management plans. Our case managers are expertly trained to connect people with a wide range of resources, including housing, financial resources, SSI/SSDI benefits, education services, career development, legal services, vocational training, employment, medical services, dental services, community support, and health insurance. Case managers ensure clients reduce barriers to long-term stability and housing by helping them identify housing opportunities in the community and working with partner agencies to connect clients to housing programs and vouchers that best suit the individual’s situation.
First Step House provides affordable housing for clients who need a sober living environment that will support their recovery. We continually work to improve our facilities and develop new housing options. The goal of our recovery residence program is to help clients develop independent living skills and transition to permanent housing while supporting their behavioral health conditions. We currently manage transitional housing units that provide housing for those transitioning from substance abuse treatment into society, as well as, individuals participating in mental health court. Housing is a critical component of long-term recovery and our data show that stable housing is related to successful treatment completion.
While in transitional housing, our clinical staff works with residents to identify issues that contribute to homelessness. A comprehensive action plan is developed to address the factors contributing to their homelessness with the goal of developing the skills and behaviors necessary to live independently. The program includes direct supervision and guidance to help residents access resources, work towards self-sufficiency, obtain and sustain permanent, affordable housing, and develop strong connections to the community. Our housing case managers help clients complete housing applications, work with property managers, coordinate with partners, including the local housing authorities, and assist with voucher programs throughout the community.
Permanent Supportive Housing
Permanent Supportive Housing helps strengthen communities and is a crucial step to reducing homelessness. The goals for our permanent supportive housing facilities are to ensure that each resident has access to the services they need to increase their quality of life, maintain housing stability, prevent harm, improve their health and well-being, decrease the need for hospitalizations, emergency room visits reduce recurrence and recidivism, and support the development of prosocial relationships. Ultimately, our permanent supportive housing program is designed to reduce barriers to long-term stability, health, and recovery. Our housing coupled with robust on-site supportive services improve mental and physical wellbeing for residents and reduce community costs by diminishing rates of homelessness and interactions with the emergency healthcare and criminal justice system.
- Central City Apartments – Central City Apartments is a dynamic and comprehensive project that provides 75 one-bedroom units of permanent housing, supportive services, and outpatient mental health services to vulnerable individuals at or below 30% of the Area Median Income (AMI) experiencing chronic homelessness and serious mental illness. The site includes the CHARTER (Community Housing and Assertive Response for Treatment-Enhanced Recovery) program, which provides 24-hour support staff, on-site recovery meetings, crisis coordination, behavioral health coordination, transportation, and more. There is also an outpatient mental health clinic on-site that provides comprehensive mental health assessments, substance use disorder services, individual therapy for co-occurring conditions, life-skills classes, peer support services, medication management, case management, and employment support. Each unit has 540 square feet of furnished living space. The building also features underground parking, an exercise room, a community room for tenants to gather, three accessible laundry rooms, a computer room, library, a wellness/meditation room, and high-speed internet.