To choose where you live, how it is furnished, with whom you share it - why should mental illness deprive anyone of these basic rights?
CCBC offers Supported Housing Services through six programs that seek to assist in the recovery of persons struggling with serious mental illness and/or addiction who have become homeless. Each program provides housing, care coordination, and integrated mental health/substance abuse treatment.
- Daily living skills
- Leisure time programming
- Psychiatric evaluation
- Medication monitoring
- Entitlement procurement
- On-site crisis management
- Coordination of medical/psychiatric services
- Rent subsidy
- Assistance in furnishing
- Help in finding an apartment
CCBC's residential services seek to provide each client with a supportive environment that enables them to achieve stability and empowers them to renew pursuit of individual life goals. Our treatment approach stresses the ongoing process of recovery from both substance abuse and mental health issues.
Support services are individualized and detailed in a plan developed jointly by the client and program staff. In addition to staff support, there is a peer network in which clients help others in the program by utilizing their unique skills and resources. Residential services are integrated with other services provided by CCBC and other community providers. CCBC also provides financial assistance through rent subsidies and assistance with the purchase of furniture and household supplies.
Major goals for program clients typically include:
- Obtaining and retaining permanent housing
- Increasing vocational, functional, and social skills
- Increasing income
- Achieving greater self-determination
The main components of CCBC’s Supportive Housing Program include:
Bridge House is a site based transitional supportive housing program in Taunton for persons who are homeless. Many of the individuals referred to Bridge House have also been diagnosed with mental health and/or substance abuse disabilities. The program can house up to 7 individuals for up to 24 months.
New Horizons serves 24 individuals with a history of homelessness in a permanent supported housing program. New Horizons provides two types of housing: 1) a shared housing model in Taunton for individuals with mental illness and/or substance abuse issues who have been homeless. The model offers three 2-bedroom apartments in which residents have their own bedroom but share the bathroom, living room and kitchen; and 2) Subsidies to 18 individuals who live in apartments in the Greater Attleboro/Taunton area leased by CCBC jointly with the client. The program provides outreach and case management services.
Welcome Home II
Welcome Home II serves 6 individuals with a history of chronic homelessness, a minimum of three will also be veterans; and Moving Forward serves 4 individuals who have a history of chronic homelessness in permanent supported housing programs. Both of these projects offer subsidies to individuals who live in apartments in the Greater Attleboro and Taunton area leased by CCBC jointly with the client. The programs provide outreach and case management services.
Homes With Heart
Homes With Heart is a shared program with the Attleboro Area Council of Churches that serves 14 individuals with a history of chronic homelessness and a documented disability which may be psychiatric, physical, or a co-occurring disorder. The program leases scattered site apartments in the Greater Attleboro area that are accessible by public transportation. Homes With Heart provides housing first, and then will offer services and treatment to people in their homes or, if the client is able, at a local provider organization.
Dr. Robert Smith House
Dr. Robert Smith Supportive Case Management Housing Program is a sober house in Taunton which provides supportive case management services in a safe, stable living environment for up to 24 months for 12 adult men with a history of substance abuse/chemical dependence. The program focuses on relapse prevention while supporting individuals to develop employment and long-term skills to live successfully in the community.
In addition to staff support, there is a peer network in which clients utilize their unique skills and resources to help others in the program. Residential services are integrated with other services provided by CCBC and other community providers. CCBC also provides financial assistance through rent subsidies and assistance with the purchase of furniture and household supplies.
A critical area of need for individuals in the Supported Housing Programs is learning how to sustain their housing once they attain it. Our staff work with individuals on the development of recovery and rehabilitation plans to maintain their tenancy as self-sustaining individuals in their communities.
These housing programs thus become the major pathway to maintain the recovery process and to help individuals move forward in a productive way that enables them to economically sustain a recovery lifestyle.
What the [Dr. Robert Smith] House and CCBC has given me is truly amazing, and I am grateful for that.
- Jason, a CCBC client
Bridge House, New Horizons, Welcome Home II, Moving Forward, and Homes With Heart must meet the HUD criteria for homelessness/chronic homelessness. The Dr. Robert Smith House must meet DPH admission criteria, which is 30 days of sobriety and the ability to pay weekly program fee.