Assisted Living Permanent Supportive Housing Program
The Assisted Living Program is a housing program that bridges the gap in the housing continuum between supportive living facilities (the more restrictive group homes) and congregate/individual rental or home ownership. This program not only provides housing to consumers but also employs consumer staff members, who offer structure, support, and supervision as needed to residents. Additionally, staff members support residents as they develop independent living skills and gain confidence in their ability to move toward more independence.
This program is designed for adult consumers diagnosed with mental illness and co-occurring disorders that can live independently in the community but may require a period of adjustment to practice independence in a semi-structured environment on their journey of recovery. This program creates a safe environment for residents to learn basic housekeeping, simple home maintenance, budgeting and bill paying, meal planning and preparation, transportation system navigation, and medication management—all essential skills for consumers who wish to become less dependent on professional intervention and high-cost services. The program serves adults who wish to move to more independent, less restrictive housing. Additionally, the program employs adults who are diagnosed with mental illness and co-occurring disorders as residential support staff.
The Assisted Living Program also reduces the likelihood of hospitalization and the use of acute care, increases community tenure and the likelihood of employment, ensures that consumers receive the needed services in order to successfully integrate into the community, improves the quality of life, and reduces the reliance upon more costly services. Because the program employs consumers in the operation of the program, it is a peer-provider service. This program also helps in the transition from the more costly institutional setting to the community.
Evaluations of similar supported housing programs nationally have found that retention rates are increased while also reducing hospitalization. Supportive housing costs significantly less than a day in a shelter, jail, or psychiatric hospital.