Information is Power!

New FoundMinds wants our readers to be well informed about supported housing in the State of Georgia. The Georgia Supportive Housing Association has a plan! Get in touch with GSHA and add your voice. We need to support our cause. Information is power. Together we can get the housing and the support we need to become sustainable.

Georgia Supportive Housing Association
State Action Plan – 9000 by 2015
 Services
o Expand Medicaid funding of services for persons living in supportive housing so that providers can commit those services to developers of the housing.
o Amend the state Medicaid Plan to include many of the changes planned for the 1915i amendment.
o Develop a “medical home” application that includes the use of supportive housing.
o Where caseloads warrant, require service agencies to establish on-site offices and services
o Require supportive housing property managers to complete Mental Health First Aid training.
o Coordinate project “service” requirements between DBHDD and DCA.
o State support for transitional housing for persons recovering from addictive disease.
 Capital
o Require every Low Income Housing Tax Credit project to have a minimum of 10% supported housing. Follow the lead of North Carolina.
o Commit 50% of federal HOME funds to the Permanent Supported Housing Program. Educate local governments on the use of their HOME dollars for this purpose.
o Commit other federal capital like NSP and CDBG to supported housing.
 Rent Subsidy
o 100% of any new or returned Section 8 subsidies need to be committed to expanded supported housing capacity
o The state needs to implement the new amendments to the 811 program to add subsidies to tax credit projects.
o Identify and create agreements to use up to 20% of the remaining 100% Section 8 projects for supported housing.
o Continue the annual expansion of the DBHDD Housing Support program begun in FY 2011.
o Continue to expand the use of Shelter Plus Care and HOPWA to serve the targeted population. Commit DBHDD services to these projects.
o Meet local housing authority service needs in return for a commitment of housing subsidy.
 Regional Housing Facilitators
Projects are developed at the local level. Full time housing facilitators in each regional office of the DBHDD will bring public and private resources into projects at the ground level and help persons with disabilities find housing. DBHDD needs to coordinate services for local housing projects and with local housing authorities.
Planning and Goal Setting.
How many people are there in the Settlement’s targeted population? The state needs a careful study of the data from 1. Homeless Counts; 2. Local Jails; 3. State Corrections; 4. CSB’s; 5. Medicaid and state service data. This will help to establish the need for supportive housing and become the basis for expanding supportive housing capacity.
o Adopt a 5 and 10 year plan for the expansion of Supported Housing
o Report progress on the plan to the Governor and the General Assembly each year.
For Information: Paul Bolster, executive director, 404-664-0059


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