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Housing and Homeless Services

Creating Homes Initiative (CHI)

In 2001, TDMHSAS formed a strategic plan to partner with Tennessee communities to create housing options for people with mental illness and co-occurring disorders efficiently and effectively.

The original goal of this initiative was to create 2,005 new or improved permanent housing options for Tennesseans with mental illnesses and co-occurring disorders by the year 2005. That goal was achieved in the fall of 2002, and a new goal of 4,010 by 2005 was developed. That goal was reached, and now the ongoing goal is to create 1,100 new or improved permanent housing options each year.

Working with local community housing developers and other stakeholders in partnership with seven Regional Housing Facilitators, the program has leveraged to date more than $101 million in federal, state, local, public, private, traditional and non-traditional funding sources and has successfully created more than 4,600 permanent, safe, affordable, quality, permanent housing options for Tennesseans diagnosed with mental illness and co-occurring disorders.


To create and expand affordable, safe, permanent, and quality housing options in local communities for people with mental illness in Tennessee.


To assertively and strategically partner with local communities to educate, inform and expand quality, safe, affordable and permanent housing options for people with mental illness.

Housing Within Reach

Access to comprehensive housing information for Tennesseans with mental illness or co-occurring disorders, their family members, mental health service providers, housing developers, policy makers and other stakeholders is provided through this program.

This consumer-directed project, funded by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, Real Choice Systems Change grant, employs Consumer Housing Specialists to reach out with housing information and education and features a Web site that is updated daily, a longitudinal evaluation study of the impact of stable housing on the recovery of the target population, and a campaign to address mental health stigma and housing discrimination.

Click here for access to the Housing Within Reach site
(Takes the user off the TDMHSAS website)

CHI Packet
Click here for CHI information packet (Large PDF file)

CHI Task Force and Subgroups

Regional Housing Facilitators

Click below to view the Housing Within Reach anti-stigma PSAs

Housing and Homeless Services Links