Residential recovery and support services offer permanent supportive housing options for homeless individuals with mental illness, addiction and/or HIV/AIDS who want to live independently in their communities. (“Homeless” means living somewhere not meant for long-term living, such as on the streets, in a shelter, car or tent, etc.)
The program helps people become self-sufficient. Individuals must also show some level of commitment to this goal by doing things like signing up for benefits, attending treatment, participating in community activities, and beginning to actively work toward volunteering or employment (based on individual skills and preferences)
What services the program provides
• Community and daily living skills education
• Supported employment
• Support groups
• Community integration activities
• Linkages to community resources
• Help with start-up home supplies and furniture
• Help creating a personal crisis plan
Who Residential Recovery Services are for
The target population for residential recovery and support services is homeless adults age 18 and over that have:
• A primary mental illness, addiction and/or an HIV/AIDS diagnosis that contributes to their homelessness.
• Three or more hospital admissions, or one hospital stay longer than 30 days, in the last year
• Two or more incarcerations (jail time), or an incarceration longer than 60 days, in the last year.
What housing options are available
• Shelter Plus Care A permanent supportive housing program for people with mental illness and/or addiction. One- and two-bedroom options are available for single adults.
• Georgia Housing Voucher Program A housing opportunity for people who are ready for totally independent living but are ineligible for other housing options.
• Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS (HOPWA) Permanent housing and support services for people living with HIV or AIDS. Please note: you must have a documented HIV or AIDS diagnosis to be eligible for HOPWA. (Program funded through the City of Atlanta and Georgia Department of Community Affairs.)
• Personal Care Home Housing for people who are not able to live independently because of their mental illness symptoms.