Housing And Homeless Programs
State Contact: Michele Murff, Director (803) 898-7767
"We have empirical knowledge that supportive housing works... Supportive housing is cost-effective, it produces positive consumer outcomes, it reduces hospital stays and emergency room visits, and it increases consumer satisfaction."
-----Ann O'Hara, Networks, National Technical Assistance Newsletter, Fall 1996 issue.
- Community Mental Health Center Housing Coordinators
- Blueprint to End Homelessness in South Carolina
submitted by the SC Council on Homelessness - November 2004
- NOTICE of Availability of Application and Opportunity for Comment for
State PATH Formula Grant Program
The Housing and Homeless Programs of SCDMH provide technical assistance and funding through vendor contracts to organizations, primarily non-profit organizations, that provide housing and services to persons with severe and persistent mental illnesses.
Our mission is to provide people with mental illness the opportunity to live independently in the community of their choice with dignity and respect.
The Housing program works in partnership with local mental health centers (see Housing Development Coordinators and Housing Access Coordinators) and interested organizations to fund and develop safe, decent, affordable housing with supportive services for our constituents. Consumers typically have incomes of less than $550 per month, and therefore must receive subsidies to be able to afford standard housing.
The program contracts with nonprofit organizations to fund a portion of the total project cost. Other sources of funding for housing include federal dollars (HUD Section 811 program, 14UD Continuum of Care Supportive Housing programs for the Homeless) and State dollars (SC State Housing Trust Fund, State HOME Program). We currently have a strong network of over 40 nonprofit groups State-wide interested in housing development. We limit our funding participation to no more than 50% of the total development cost of a housing project, but in recent years, we have leveraged approximately $5 in other (non-DMH) funds for every $1 in DMH funds. The Housing program also contracts with two technical assistance consultants, MHA in SC/Turnkey Housing and Nehemiah Corporation, to provide the additional field work needed to develop the units.
Since its inception, SCDMH and its housing partners have developed over 1, 100 units of housing across the state. Last year alone, we funded 97 total units.Additional Housing Initiatives:
Shelter Plus Care
In December 1998, SCDMH Housing and Homeless Programs was awarded four HUD Shelter Plus Care Grants for five years, representing five areas of the State, for a total of $1,715,880. These areas and the respective sponsoring agencies include Columbia/Friendship Center, Rock Hill/Pilgrims' Inn, Myrtle Beach/Waccamaw Housing, Inc., Spartanburg/SHARE, Inc., Greenville/MHA of Greenville County Housing Corporation.
This federal grant provides rental assistance funds for housing units owned or leased by the sponsoring agencies to be occupied by homeless persons with mental illness. These units may be occupied by individuals or families with children with mental illness.
SCDMH committed matching funds for the five year grant period for all five areas, for a total of $400,000. Contracts with the sponsoring agencies, in conjunction with the mental health center partners, are currently being drafted and reviewed for execution by no later than June 1, 1999.
The Housing and Homeless Programs staff administer the PATH (Projects for Assistance in Transition from Homelessness) program. This annual allocation of $300,000 currently provides funding for four providers: Greenville Mental Health Center, Waccamaw Center for Mental Health, Spartanburg Area Mental Health Center, Mental Health Association in Aiken County Nurture Home, and Crisis Ministries in Charleston. Funds are provided for personnel and case management services for persons with mental illness who are homeless.FY 2002 State Plan Housing Goals
Increase housing for persons with serious mental illnesses by 50 new units statewide with emphasis on under-served areas and specialized populations (such as long-term consumers of SC State Hospital) by providing leadership, funding, and technical assistance to development partners. This can be achieved by maintaining the current level of financial support for the Housing and Homeless Programs needed to match other public and private funding sources to develop new quality housing alternatives for persons with mental illnesses.
Continue to administer the HUD Shelter Plus Care Program for five areas of the state, providing rental assistance to homeless individuals with mental illnesses, including those with co-occurring substance use disorders.
Continue to administer the HHS Projects for Assistance in Transition from Homelessness (PATH) Program, providing community-based outreach, mental health, case management and other support services for persons with serious mental illnesses who are homeless, or at risk of becoming homeless. DMH will increase housing for people with serious mental illness by 50 units statewide with special emphasis on under-served areas, bringing the total number of units funded by the Housing and Homeless Programs from 901 to 951.
External Housing Resource Links:
- Housing Options For People With Mental Illness
(A Service of Center for Mental Health Services)
(A Service of "The Center for Mental Health Services")
- HUD Homes and Communities: Columbia, SC Office
- HUD South Carolina Homeless Shelters
- EFSP Emergency Food and Shelter National Board Program
(Searchable by Zip Code)