“Road Map” regarding Housing Opportunities in Washington County for those living with a Mental Illness (v. 4/6/17)
I or my loved one living with mental illness needs help finding housing. What do I do next? 1. Places to look on your own: 2. Organizations which will assist you in looking for housing: 3. Funding possibilities: 4. Types of places to live: 5. Comments:
Options above are listed vertically. With the exception of Solid Ground & Intensive Residential Treatment Services, do not assume there are horizontal linkages as all the rest of the information above is listed alphabetically, so is not linked horizontally (for example, Columns 1 & 2 aren’t linked).
Any of the above in the Table that are bolded are described in more detail below (listed alphabetically) & at their web page (all of the above are hyperlinked).
For summaries of housing realities in Washington County see
Solid Ground (http://www.solidgroundmn.org/) Solid Ground is an award winning nonprofit organization whose proven, holistic approach helps families build the strong foundations they need to emerge from homelessness into a brighter future. Through safe, affordable housing & innovative supportive programming, Solid Ground helps families transition to a higher-level of self-sufficiency & break the cycle of homelessness & poverty for the next generation. Solid Ground currently runs four programs in suburban Ramsey & Washington Counties housing over 350 women, men & children annually. See Housing (http://www.solidgroundmn.org/spec/housing_for_homeless_families/)
United Way (http://unitedwayhelps.org/home/2-1-1/) United Way 2-1-1 is a free & confidential community helpline available 24-hours a day, 7 days a week. 2-1-1 helps people access information they need to navigate the ever increasing & complex array of human services – the first step to finding help is knowing who to call. The 2-1-1 system covers all of Minnesota. It is the only comprehensive, multilingual, over-the-phone service where people can call to find community resources that can help them, their family, neighbors & friends. United Way 2-1-1 can connect you to Housing Assistance.
Washington Co Adult/Child Mental Health (https://www.co.washington.mn.us/799/Adult-Mental-Health) The Washington County Adult Mental Health Unit is comprised of case managers (social workers) & nurses whose primary function is to provide mental health case management services. Mental health case managers can provide assistance to individuals with a Serious & Persistent Mental Illness (SPMI) by providing resources & referrals which may include housing, transportation, vocational, applying for benefits, social rehabilitation, outpatient individual or group therapy, nursing services, chemical health services, or psychiatric services. Case managers also provide ongoing mental health support through telephone contacts & face to face visits in the community. Most mental health case management services are provided on a voluntary basis. Making a Referral to Washington County Adult Mental Health Unit - Professionals, family members, or self-referring individuals may make a referral for adult mental health case management by calling the Washington County adult intake phone at 651-430-6484. Hours are 8 a.m. through 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.
Washington Co Community Services (https://www.co.washington.mn.us/469/Community-Services) Community Services works in partnership with public & private agencies to help individuals & families be safe & successful. The department provides a wide array of services to eligible citizens.
Washington Co Housing & Redevelopment Authority (http://www.wchra.com/ or http://www.wchra.com/find-a-rental) Through innovation, the Washington County Housing & Redevelopment Authority promotes community & economic development, & provides & maintains affordable, decent & safe housing opportunities in Washington County. Affordable Rentals - Whether you’re a young family looking for a place to raise your kids or a senior who’s looking for a sense of community while maintaining your independence, there are options for you in Washington County. This is part of the Minnesota Public Housing Authority.
Washington County CDA Rental Properties (http://www.wchra.com/find-a-rental) Part of how we ensure the long-term affordability of senior & workforce housing is by maintaining our own rental housing here in the county. For questions about the following properties, professionally managed by Shelter Corporation, call the properties directly during regular business hours. They’ll be happy to answer your questions or schedule a tour for you.
Washington County Subsidized Housing (https://www.co.washington.mn.us/2271/Subsidized-Housing) Private Subsidized Housing means that an independent owner owns the property but is HUD funded. Rent is 30% of income. PLEASE apply regardless of waiting list times! If you don't send in a finished application, you are not on a waiting list.
Willow Haven (https://www.thrivebehavioralnetwork.com/willow-haven/) Willow Haven is an Intensive Residential Treatment Services (IRTS) program. It includes time-limited residential services to individuals who are in need of a structured setting. IRTS are designed to develop & enhance psychiatric stability, personal & emotional adjustment, self-sufficiency, & the necessary skills to live in a more independent setting.