HUD Supported Housing Program
This program is funded by US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the Woodland United Way and is designed to serve adults with a severe mental illness who are very-low income and who are either homeless or at risk of becoming homeless. Most of the individuals entering the program are in the process of getting benefits for their disability but have no identifiable source of income. All program participants suffer from a major mental illness such as Bipolar illness or Schizophrenia and qualify as very low income.
Clients are referred to YCCC’s Supported Housing Program (SHP) program in a variety of ways. Yolo County Alcohol, Drug and Mental Health Services, Fourth & Hope (previously Yolo Christian Wayfarer Mission), STEAC and community churches have made referrals to the program. YCCC makes regular outreach efforts to the homeless shelters in Yolo County and has a community presence at local service clubs and events to increase public awareness of the programs offered. Many clients hear about the program from others in the community and self refer.
Housing support staff meet regularly with the residents in a weekly house meeting to assist the residents in maintaining their stability within the community. Housing staff help clients with individual treatment planning/problem solving sessions, coping skills development, improving and maintaining their independent living skills, accessing resources within the community , symptom management and yearly housing subsidy evaluation assistance. Transportation for appointments and shopping is available at the SHP program. Supported housing staff assist clients to learn to use the bus system to increase their independence, and provide bus passes for those with no funding source.