"…we know that two of the most effective tools we have to help people recover from mental illness or addictions are a home and a job."
Independent housing vouchers represent a foundation of recovery and hope. To the greatest extent practicable, we empower consumers with tenant-based housing vouchers which enhance individual choice, independence, and control over where a person lives and what services (if any) such a person decides to receive. Systems of care are recognizing that access to safe, decent, and affordable housing is a medical necessity for many persons with disabilities. Independent housing vouchers: deliver real therapeutic value; promote consumer empowerment; support both civil and disability rights; and are demonstrated to be radically cost effective when compared to high cost, high intensity, institutionalized care. Such vouchers can be used in either the community or group settings—at the consumer’s discretion. These vouchers are a logical extension of the concept, Money Follows the Person in which the consumer directs their own care and in this case, their housing as well.
- Local BRAP and Shelter Plus Contacts (Word*)
- Fair Market Rent
- (HQS) Housing Quality Standards (Word*)
Basic Eligibility and Program Information for Housing Vouchers
- Bridging Rental Assistance Program (BRAP)
- Shelter Plus Care (SPC)
- Section 8 (aka Housing Choice Vouchers)
Accountability, Cost-Effectiveness, and Benefits of Homeless Outreach and Supported Housing
- Cost of Homelessness Benefit of Shelter Plus Care (ppt)
- Federal PATH website - Projects for Assistance in Transition From Homelesssness
- Federal HUD Office of Policy Development and Research
- Q&A with Sheldon Wheeler: Applying Key Strategies to Prevent and End Homelessness
- Strategies of State Mental Health Agencies to Prevent and End Homelessness (pdf*)
- Dennis Culhane, Researcher