Goal 13: Improve access to, and retention in, recovery-oriented supportive housing for persons with mental illness who are homeless or inadequately/unsafely housed.
Performance Targets: By July 2014, (1) Achieve a 10% increase in the number of persons discharged from inpatient services and CBRFs that transition to supportive housing compared to 2012 baseline; (3) Create 25 new unites of permanent supportive housing for persons with mental illness; and (4) Decrease the number of of persons who are identified as homeless in the Homeless Management Information System who were previously tenants in Milwaukee County (HUD-supported) Shelter+Care.
Tactical Objective 13.1: Organize existing supportive housing resources into a flexible, recovery-oriented continuum that is responsive to persons’ needs and preferences.
Tactical Objective 13.5: Develop new housing options specifically for young adults transitioning from foster care.
Progress on Targets and Objectives: (13.1) Pathways To Permanent Housing officially opened on June 3. This transitional housing option will allow individuals to transition out of more restrictive settings and will also add a housing option for those who may be at risk of being homeless.
(13.1) The Housing Division is also in the process of proposing a new scattered site permanent housing program for 2014. These units will be seen as an alternative to CBRF placements as well as the project-based permanent supportive housing developments.
(13.5) The Housing Division has published the application for Housing For Healthy Initiatives. The deadline to respond for agencies is June 24, and funds will be committed in July. These funds can be used for acquisition and/or rehabilitation of housing units for individuals aging out of the foster care system and participating through Wraparound’s O-YEAH program.
Implementation Challenges: The lack of funding for rental assistance for permanent supportive housing remains a large barrier. In the Wraparound system, many non-profits also are hesitant to begin providing housing services as well as owning real estate.
Key Points for Redesign Task Force: New Housing initiatives continue to focus on offering more options on the housing continuum that may not have existed in the past.
(Update provided by Jim Mathy)