Without a safe, stable, affordable place to live, sustaining good health or achieving one’s full potential is difficult. For people with mental health challenges, supportive housing improves mental and physical health services, both of which help increase resident quality of life and wellbeing.  SHCLA is creating various types of housing along the continuum to serve those with mental health challenges.

ARFs and Independent Livings

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.

Single Family Homes

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.

Rental Properties

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.


Alameda County peers have expressed the clear desire to own their own homes.  A longer-term goal of SHCLA is  to create a community of standalone homes that provide affordable homeownership opportunities with stewardship and support from SHCLA.


SHCLA develops partnerships with various organizations, such as supportive service providers and family groups to provide quality services to residents.

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“I want housing that feels safe.”

- Alameda County peer