Homeless & Community Outreach
The mission of the Permanent Supportive Housing program is to provide permanent supportive housing for the chronically homeless with a coexisting mental health or substance abuse problem.
Persons eligible for this program are those that fall into the following categories:
- Able to function in independent rental housing with a low level of assistance
- Chronically homeless as defined by Housing and Urban Development (HUD) (homeless for the last 12 months and/or 4 episodes of homelessness in the last 3 years)
- Currently sleeping in an emergency shelter or a location not meant for human habitation
- Single persons
- Case management services
- Harm reduction model in which participation in services would not be cause for removal from program
- Program eligibility does not expire
- Rental and utility assistance
- Wrap around services, such as access to physical and mental health services, employment services, basic needs, drug and alcohol recovery services, and functional living skills training
- Individuals are identified by the Shelter Plus Care team and determined to be eligible under the funding guidelines.
- Participants must engage in a lease with a participating landlord, paying no more than 30% of their gross monthly income for rent.
- Program makes payment to landlord to complete rental payment.
- Program provides rent and utility deposit assistance, as well as utility stipend. Rental assistance does not expire while the participant is on the program.
- Program will work with current roster of landlords or will engage new landlords that choose to participate. Participants are subject to housekeeping inspections and case management that targets areas of growth toward self-sufficiency, including:
- Addiction assistance
- Life skills
- Mental health
Participants are approved by the Shelter Plus Care team, which is made up of:
- Case manager
- Functional living skills trainer
- Medical professionals
- Mental health providers
- Program and the Manager/Housing Coordinator
- Representatives of local homeless service providers
Participants are referred to the team for consideration by team members. Landlords are screened by the Program Manager/Housing Coordinator. Case management is provided by the case management partner. A unique Case Plan is made for each participant, as agreed to by a team of community providers of services. The team determines required programs and services and meets regularly.
Housing is provided in rental units throughout the community, with access to local bus routes and necessary services. The program capacity is currently 28 individuals. The program began in June 2008 and is funded by the Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority through the City of Lafayette.
Solutions Beyond Shelter
The Solutions Beyond Shelter Plan (PDF) is a community initiative to end chronic homelessness in 10 years. For more information, visit the Homeless Prevention and Intervention Network (HPIN) website.