Without a safe, stable, affordable place to live, it’s almost impossible to sustain good health or to achieve one’s full potential. For people living with serious mental health challenges, supportive housing improves mental health as well as physical health, both of which help to increase the overall quality of life and wellbeing. SHCLA plans to create various types of homes along the continuum of wellness.
These are privately-owned or operated shared homes for adults with disabilities, including serious mental health conditions. Generally, tenants in adult residential facilities (ARFs, aka board & cares) receive personal care and meals, while staff is available around the clock. Tenants in “independent livings” live independently and do not need supervision or care. Bringing facilities into the SHCLA portfolio ensures that current residents can remain housed and will receive quality support services.
Family members of people living with a serious mental health condition may wish to bequeath or purchase a home for their loved one, offering them a measure of stability. SHCLA can use the community land trust model to purchase the land upon which the home sits, offering several outcomes: 1) It creates greater affordability. 2) It ensures permanent stewardship of the property. 3) It keeps the home affordable for the next buyer – another resident living with serious mental health conditions.
Individual apartments provide dignity while support services can enhance stability. Further down the road, SHCLA may acquire multi-unit buildings, creating affordable rental opportunities with access to support services for people living with serious mental health conditions.
SHCLA will develop partnerships with various organizations, such as supportive services and family groups to provide best practice services to tenants on all SHCLA properties.
“I want housing that feels safe.”