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Supportive housing approaches in the collaborative initiative to help end chronic homelessness (CICH)
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Eleven sites were funded by the Federal Collaborative Initiative to Help End Chronic Homelessness. The idea is to expand permanent housing and offer supportive services to people who are chronically homeless and have co-occurring disorders - they suffer from mental and substance use disorders. This study examines qualitative data on how the projects used the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) funding and three housing approaches (scattered units, congregate/clustered, or a combination) to quickly place clients in permanent housing. Each housing approach required service teams to adapt to the approaches and called for property personnel who helped support clients with a variety of skills, including, independent living skills, how to keep housing, and assistance in promoting client's overall health in order to reach Initiative goals. Property personnel reported taking on new roles with clients and forming new collaborative arrangements with services teams. This article discuss the lessons learned by the sites that were associated with these housing configurations, types of lease, and the roles of property personnel.
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A program of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration, Center for Mental Health Services