Supportive Housing Description
Cooperative living opportunities are provided through six independent houses located in Davis and Woodland, New Dimensions Apartments and the Homestead Cooperative program.
YCCC's supportive housing program has been providing affordable housing since 1986 to people with a severe mental illness. Supportive housing provides helpful services to individuals who have a major mental illness, such as schizophrenia and bi-polar illness. Residents receive support in order to assist them in developing the coping skills and independent living skills which are needed to remain in independent housing, remain stable with their mental health symptoms and avoid involuntary psychiatric hospitalization. This program has been very effective in reducing the number and frequency of hospitalizations and increasing individuals back to work and school.
Services provided teach clientele skills necessary to maintain housing, such as managing symptoms of mental illness, health care, and independent living skills. Each of the residents served qualifies as very-low income. Services include aiding in developing and maintaining independent living skills such as shopping, meal planning, cooking, laundry, and cleaning, illness management and in keeping psychiatric and medical appointments, developing a budget, accessing community resources, and utilizing support networks. Staff help residents to obtain benefits and rent subsidies, ensure compliance with safety regulations, and oversee maintenance of the houses.