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Last Updated: 6/22/2012

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Resource Organizations

Bazelon Center, Housing Resources
The Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law's Housing Section contains a variety of resources related to housing policies. These resources include: 14 fair housing fact sheets on specific issues which may arise such as early termination of a lease and reasonable accommodations; guides to integrated housing opportunities and commentaries on policies and their effects; resources which explain and elaborate on specific laws; and resources offered by the federal government.

The Center for Dignity, Recovery & Empowerment
The Center for Dignity, Recovery & Empowerment is a project of the Mental Health Association of San Francisco, in partnership with the National Consortium on Stigma and Empowerment and the Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health. The Center works to advance effective mental health practices and supports by developing and disseminating information on best practices that are culturally relevant and seek to reduce prejudicial attitudes towards people with mental health conditions. The core programs of the project include the Resource Development Program and the Promising Practices Program. These programs are supported by three teams, which focus on the following areas: research, evaluation, and program development; training, technical assistance, and consultation; and outreach and communication. Resources include a registry of California-based programs, a variety of program improvement toolkits, and materials on educating and combating prejudiced attitudes.

Based in Chicago, IL, Thresholds seeks to help people affected by mental health issues to reclaim their lives and inspire them in their recovery. Utilizing evidence-based practices, they provide health care, housing, and employment to those in need. Additionally, they host job training, research, and advocacy initiatives to help better facilitate system improvements.

Michigan Disability Rights Coalition
The Michigan Disability Rights Coalition (MDRC) works to ensure that individuals with disabilities are afforded the same opportunities and rights as people without disabilities to live full lives within their communities. The MDRC values grassroots efforts and economic self-sufficiency, encouraging people with disabilities to organize locally. Also, their Web site offers various resources, including information on housing and recovery.

EveryOne Home
With over 6,000 people homeless in Alameda County (in California) each night, this organization strives to end homelessness by working to put Alameda County resources to use and by seeking Federal and State funding. Through their Web site, they offer resources, information, and applications for their EveryOne Housed Academy, which helps others develop strategies to help homeless people move to permanent housing. They also offer access to their research findings on homelessness in Alameda County.

Center on Mental Health Services Research and Policy
The Center on Mental Health Services Research and Policy (MHSRP) seeks to improve services and peoples' understanding of mental disorders. MHSRP includes consumers, providers, family members, and others directly impacted by mental disorders in their training and research programs. Each of their projects highlight key issues such as housing, crisis management, and the unique needs of women and those from diverse cultures, all while promoting recovery and community participation for people with mental disorders.

Mental Health Project of the Urban Justice Center 
The Mental Health Project of the Urban Justice Center enforces and advocates for the rights of low-income individuals with mental disorders in New York. Through this project a team of attorneys, social workers, and advocates represent individuals in housing-related cases and other areas, bring class action lawsuits, and make sure that people with mental disorders are aware of and have access to all their legal rights. They work with populations including people who are on the brink of or experiencing homelessness; people being discharged from hospitals, jails, and prisons; people with disabilities; and veterans with posttraumatic stress disorder and other mental disorders.

Centre for Economic and Social Inclusion
The Centre for Economic and Social Inclusion is a not-for-profit company in the United Kingdom dedicated to tackling disadvantage and promoting social justice. The Centre works with the government, interest groups, businesses, and the public sector to offer research and policy services and training and consultation. Key areas of social policy expertise include welfare to work, homelessness, criminal justice, and social exclusion. The Centre's new Web site, InclusionUS, can be accessed at

Pathway Homes, Inc.
Pathway Homes, Inc. is an organization that provides housing and supportive services to individuals with mental disorders. Some programs available through Pathway Homes include a supported living program, group homes for men and women, a semi-independent living program, and a discharge assistance and diversion group home. The organization also publishes a newsletter, available through their Web site, with each issue providing information about a different mental disorder.

Common Ground
Common Ground is an organization that works to provide affordable housing, outreach, and prevention strategies to end homelessness. Through the development of supportive housing and other services, Common Ground assists individuals in maintaining their homes, improving their health and becoming stronger financially.

100,000 Homes
The 100,000 Homes Campaign works to change peoples' reactions to homelessness by providing communities with the tools and connections needed to help end homelessness. This campaign operates on 5 main steps as a guide to helping communities finds homes for the most vulnerable homeless and assists them in establishing stable lives. In each community reached, 100,000 Homes first builds a local team, clarifies the demand of a particular community, lines up supplies, moves people into housing, and then helps people stay housed. The goal is to have 100,000 homeless Americans housed by July of 2013.

Main Street Housing
Main Street Housing, Inc. is a non-profit housing organization that works to establish safe, affordable and independent rental housing for individuals with behavioral health problems. Main Street Housing operates on the principle of "Supportive Accountability," which promotes autonomy and responsibility for its tenants.

Housing for New Hope
Housing for New Hope is a nonprofit organization working to prevent and end homelessness. For over 18 years, they have provided crisis assistance, outreach, transitional housing, and permanent housing to homeless individuals in North Carolina. Supportive services and programs provided through this organization offer affordable housing and/or structured programs designed to help consumers regain hope, independence, and stability in their lives.

SAMHSA's Homelessness Resource Center
SAMHSA's Homelessness Resource Center aims to improve the lives of individuals impacted by homelessness who have behavioral health conditions and histories of trauma. This online center includes a training section to help provider agencies enhance services and a library with information on various topics including affordable housing, families, and treatment. Some of the key goals of this center are to support plans to end homelessness; to coordinate ProviderWeb activities with other Federal efforts; and to increase awareness, knowledge of resources, and ability to help.

Georgia Mental Health Consumer Network (GMHCN) Peer Support and Wellness Center
The GMHCN Peer Support and Wellness Center is a peer-run alternative to hospitalization and mental health day programs. The Center has respite beds available for consumers who are experiencing crises and hosts daily activities, such as creative writing, computer skills training, and bowling, that are open to overnight and non-overnight participants.

Pathways to Housing
Pathways to Housing uses a "housing first" model to advocate for people experiencing mental health problems and homelessness. In this recovery-based approach, clients are welcomed into housing, which can become a base for treatment services such as mental and physical health, substance abuse, education, and employment.

National Council on Independent Living (NCIL)
The National Council on Independent Living (NCIL) is a cross disability, grassroots organization run by and for people with disabilities. Founded in 1982, NCIL represents over 700 organizations and individuals including: Centers for Independent Living (CILs), Statewide Independent Living Councils (SILCs), individuals with disabilities, and other organizations that advocate for the human and civil rights of people with disabilities throughout the United States.

Technical Assistance Collaborative (TAC)
TAC is a national non-profit organization that works to achieve positive outcomes on behalf of people with disabilities, people who are homeless, and people with other special needs by providing state-of-the-art information, capacity building, and technical expertise to organizations and policymakers in the areas of mental health, substance abuse, human services, and affordable housing.

Center for Urban Community Services (CUCS)
CUCS is the nation's largest provider of social services in supportive housing as well as a comprehensive human services agency that implements new practices, actively shares our knowledge and assists in shaping local, state and national strategies so that persons who are homeless, low-income, living with mental illness or have other special needs can live successfully in the community.

Fountain House
Fountain House is a nationally recognized center for research on recovery for people with mental health conditions. It is a key training base for the worldwide replication of Fountain House's pioneering clubhouse model, in which people living with mental health conditions take part in a working community, contributing to activities which at Fountain House range from cooking to record-keeping to employment to research. Fountain House is an influential voice in continuing efforts—local, statewide, and national—to promote the rights of people with mental health problems and to battle the barriers, inaccurate perceptions, and discrimination they face.

National Asssociation of Local Housing Finance Agencies (NALFA)
As a non-profit association, NALHFA is an advocate before Congress and federal agencies on legislative and regulatory issues affecting affordable housing and provides technical assistance and educational opportunities to its members and the public. Members are city and county agencies, non-profits, and private firms, such as underwriters, consultants, financial advisors, bond counsels, and rating agencies, which help in producing housing from concept to completion.

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This Web site was developed under contract with the Office of Consumer Affairs in SAMHSA’s Center for Mental Health Services. The views, opinions, and content provided on this Web site do not necessarily reflect the views, opinions, or policies of SAMHSA or HHS. The resources listed in this Web site are not all-inclusive and inclusion on this Web site does not constitute an endorsement by SAMHSA or HHS.