Why Talk To A Professional

Because your mental health deserves expert care. In a world where stress, anxiety, and life’s challenges can feel overwhelming, our team of experienced therapists is here to be your compass in the storm. Please don’t go through these struggles alone; let us help you find your way to calmer shores. Connect with us today, and together, we’ll work towards building a stronger and happier you.

Finding Stable Housing

Securing a stable home can be an arduous challenge for individuals dealing with mental health conditions. The absence of safe and affordable housing constitutes one of the most formidable obstacles to recovery. When this fundamental need remains unmet, people often find themselves in a cycle of homelessness, incarceration, shelter living, or repeated hospitalizations. Attaining a secure and suitable place to live can offer the stability necessary to pursue your personal goals.

Housing challenges may arise, particularly after your discharge from an inpatient care facility or correctional institution, and you may discover that you lack a home to return to. Even if you haven’t been hospitalized, finding affordable housing can be a daunting task. Many individuals with severe mental illnesses rely on Supplemental Security Income (SSI), which averages only 18% of the median income, making it exceedingly challenging to secure affordable housing.

Finding stable, safe, and affordable housing is instrumental in your path to recovery, as it helps prevent hospitalizations, homelessness, and involvement in the criminal justice system.

A suitable housing arrangement should address four key requirements:

  • Independence: The level of independence that housing offers is crucial. Housing should grant you the freedom to choose your living environment and style. Different housing options provide varying degrees of independence and support, so it’s essential to identify the type that aligns best with your needs.
  • Affordability: Ideally, your housing costs should not exceed 30% of your income. Paying more may jeopardize your ability to cover essential expenses like healthcare, food, or clothing. Many individuals with mental illnesses have limited incomes and may require additional financial support, such as government-funded rental assistance or subsidies, to meet housing costs.
  • Meeting Your Needs: Housing must be tailored to your specific physical requirements. Individuals with mental illness and physical disabilities may necessitate features like ramps or alarms with visual alerts. Many people with mental illness do not drive and may need housing close to healthcare providers, community resources, and public transportation.

Types of Housing
Housing options span a continuum from fully independent living to 24/7 care. The choice of housing that suits you hinges on whether you require assistance with tasks like bill payments, housekeeping, and appointment scheduling, or if you can manage these independently. Select a housing type that aligns with your unique needs, ensuring that your recovery remains a top priority.

  • Mental Health Group Homes: This type of housing provides the highest level of support to its residents. Trained staff is available 24/7 to offer assistance with medication management, daily living skills, meal preparation, bill payments, transportation, and treatment coordination. Residents have their own beds, dressers, and closets but share bathrooms and common areas. This form of housing is well-suited for individuals contending with serious mental illnesses that may impede their daily functioning.
  • Partially Hospitalization Program: Here, some support is available, but staff is not present around the clock. Residents can be left alone for extended periods and can request assistance if needed. Those choosing this housing type can manage daily living tasks either independently or semi-independently, participate in cooking and cleaning, and may even hold part-time jobs or engage in day programs.
  • Assisted Living: This housing offers minimal assistance, with residents living in relative independence and receiving infrequent staff visits. However, they have access to resources and someone to contact if issues arise.
  • Independent Housing: Designed for fully independent individuals, rental housing can be self-funded or subsidized by a third party, such as a government agency or nonprofit organization. Those in this type of housing are responsible for all aspects of daily living, including cooking, cleaning, bill management, and medication administration. They may also be employed or actively seeking custody of children. If this type of housing suits your needs, you will likely collaborate with a caseworker to support and maintain various aspects of your recovery.
  • Owned Home: Homeowners enjoy total autonomy and are responsible for both daily living and home maintenance. As opposed to tenants, they must be prepared to remain in one location for extended periods. Typically, a consistent income is required to pay for expenses, taxes, and home insurance. Involvement in the community is a common characteristic of homeownership.