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1 Georgia Behavioral Health Caucus Supportive Housing Behavioral Health Caucus January 25, 2012 Georgia Supportive Housing Association Paul Bolster

2 Georgia Behavioral Health Caucus Supportive Housing Defining Supportive Housing Affordable housing connected to services that enable persons with disabilities to live stable productive lives in our neighborhoods and communities. More cost effective than jails, hospitals and shelters. Better for people and better for public budgets Looks like other forms of housing.

3 Georgia Behavioral Health Caucus Supportive Housing Goals Provides services that enable residents to achieve their individual goals Supports recovery and independence Integrates residents into community life Looks like other housing Promotes community development Produces long term financial stability for individuals and communities

4 Georgia Behavioral Health Caucus Supportive Housing It works! How do we produce more of it? We need coordination between housing programs/policy and human service/mental health programs. Housing developers will be glad to do the work if the state puts services, capital, and rent subsidy on the table

5 Georgia Behavioral Health Caucus Supportive Housing Current Cost to the Public Costs less – Jail – Prison – Hospital – Homeless shelter – Living on the Streets

6 Georgia Behavioral Health Caucus Supportive Housing Settlement Goals Increased Capacity to serve 9,000 – “ The state will have capacity to provide supported housing in any of the persons in the target population who need such support.” pp – Going Forward – From all funding sources available to the state. Capacity to house 2000 individuals who don’t qualify for other housing. – State funds for rent subsidy.

7 Georgia Behavioral Health Caucus Supportive Housing Resources for the 9,000-Federal Subsidies – Section 8 State and local housing authorities – Shelter Plus Care – HOPWA – VA/HUD VASH Capital – Tax credits – HOME – NSP – CDBG – Local Government and Private Foundations

8 Georgia Behavioral Health Caucus Supportive Housing Governor’s Budget Recommendation Meets the Settlement Minimum – FY 2011 $291, Capacity – FY 2012 $2.9 million Capacity – Bridge money to help make the transition from institution to community housing.

9 Georgia Behavioral Health Caucus Supportive Housing Supportive Housing Plan Determine the need to prevent hospitalization – Persons in hospitals—frequent users – Frequent Emergency Room Users – Persons is local jails and state prison – Treatment court clients – Homeless persons Identify the Resources Set real goals Expand SH Development Capacity Local Government Support

10 Georgia Behavioral Health Caucus Supportive Housing Consumer Choice of Form of Housing Scattered Site – Rental subsidy from HUD or the DBHDD – Mobile service delivery – Greater integration in the community Project Based – Low cost capital from HUD affordable housing programs – Rent subsidy from HUD or DBHD – Services on the housing site are more cost effective – Projects designed around consumer needs – Supportive neighbors

11 Georgia Behavioral Health Caucus Supportive Housing Types: Small Congregate Gateway Costal Village

12 Georgia Behavioral Health Caucus Supportive Housing Type: Small Congregate Pine Ridge Apartment Homes--Rome

13 Georgia Behavioral Health Caucus Supportive Housing Type: Large Tax Credit Project Columbia MLK Tower

14 Georgia Behavioral Health Caucus Supportive Housing Type: Duplex Neighborhood River Edge Duplex Community NSP--Macon

15 Georgia Behavioral Health Caucus Supportive Housing Type: Single Family Douglas County NSP project

16 Georgia Behavioral Health Caucus Supportive Housing More Single Family-Douglas

17 Georgia Behavioral Health Caucus Supportive Housing How do you get more? Merging Interests Supportive Housing comes from the creative combination from different sources of: – Capital at no cost or very low cost to pay for construction—CDBG, LIHTC, HOME, NSP – Rent Subsidy to pay for operations and management of the property—Section 8, HOPWA, S&C – Services -- Casework and Supportive Employment that connect people to community resources and independent income

18 Georgia Behavioral Health Caucus Supportive Housing Policy and Program Priorities Focus available federal capital on Supportive Housing Focus available federal subsidy on Supportive Housing Focus service dollars on Supportive Housing Community Treatment that includes a place to live.

19 Georgia Behavioral Health Caucus Supportive Housing Capital Use 15% of the $160 Million in Low Income Housing Tax Credit funds. 600 units/year Commit half of $24 million in HUD HOME Prioritize HUD state-controlled rent subsidies and partner with local housing authorities. Apply for HUD rent subsidies for SH. Expand the Homeless Housing Trust Fund Commit Low Income Housing Trust Fund $ers Commit added federal NSP $ers

20 Georgia Behavioral Health Caucus Supportive Housing Specific SH Actions for DBHDD Fund 20 Olmstead Housing Support Specialists to provide services for applicants for HUD subsidies— 400 subsidies. Cost $1,000,000 Fund 6 SH Facilitators of the Regions Establish new Crisis Stabilization Centers Create four new ACT teams but require housing outcomes Intensive case management and Community Support Teams

21 Georgia Behavioral Health Caucus Supportive Housing Conclusion “Housing is core to keeping people in the community and helping them be successful” Lack of housing “is one of the primary drivers of hospitalization.” Dr. Frank Shelp. February 20, 2011

22 Georgia Behavioral Health Caucus Supportive Housing Contact Information Georgia Supportive Housing Association Paul Bolster, Executive Director Web: Membership---$100


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