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Do you Live in Supported Housing?

When I look around I realize many more people live in supported housing than mental health consumers, displaced veterans, ex-offenders and the homeless. First let’s look at the word “support”  Bear, Tolerate, take sides with to hold up and serve…according to the Merriam-Webster Dictionary 2004. Now let us look at condo communities:

Condo rules can’t violate individuals’ civil liberties, the Fair Housing Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Equal Credit Opportunity Act or state and local laws,” Jones says. (The Fair Housing Act prohibits discrimination in the sale or rental of housing based on race, religion, sex, disability, familial status or national origin. The Americans with Disabilities Act mandates proper accommodations for people with disabilities. The Equal Credit Opportunity Act bans discrimination on credit applications based on the same categories as the Fair Housing Act.) Jones notes that although it is unlikely that condo developers or boards will attempt to circumvent the Fair Housing Act, there have been some notable cases in which the laws have appeared murky. This includes the now-infamous case of Henry E. Ingram Jr., who sold his New River, S.C., plantation to developers in 1998 but included several restrictive covenants for the property that was burned by Gen. William Tecumseh Sherman’s troops during theCivil War. Among them: The condos cannot be sold to people with the last name Sherman, anyone whose last names contain letters that might be rearranged to spell Sherman, or Yankees (in his definition, anyone who has lived north of the Mason-Dixon line for a year or was born north of it). Yankees might purchase condos, however, by taking a loyalty oath to the South and whistling “Dixie.”

Despite these extreme restrictions, Ingram can make his demands legally. According to Jones, “‘Yankee’ isn’t a protected category — geography is not protected by the Fair Housing Act.” Fortunately, stories like Ingram’s are rare, Jones says. (Excerpt Written by Roopika Risam for Express)

OK I admit sharing this article seems a little off track, but I am trying to show that by having a set of rules and by-laws is a form of supported housing. The Board Members arrange the rules to hopefully meet the lifestyle of the community.

What I propose is inclusive communities, places to come home too where noone is judged by stigmas. We can build communities that have wider sidewalks, user-friendly crosswalks, community transportation, community centers that are firmilar with the needs of the community. We can get back to living together as a people and enjoy the life of well living for all.

VISION

By developing a well-rounded resourceful reintegration program available to veterans  and mental health consumers in mastering the complexities of reintegration along with enriching activities, New FoundMinds will create a comprehensive prevention and intervention program that allows the American Dream to become sustainable while dissipating the stigma that has been attached to mental illness.

Collaborating with local mental health providers, New FoundMinds proposes to implement a reintegration program with the capacity to address the needs of the clients (mental health consumers) by raising awareness of the need for a specialized structure for successful reintegration back to their respective communities, home, and workplace.

New FoundMinds main goal in implementing a reintegration program is to reduce the stigma attached to mental illness by educating the community and erasing the old idea that mental illness is a sickness to fear, and provide a new, understandable and innovative way to instill the “living well” idea.

New FoundMinds will promote mental illness as a treatable illness and mental health consumers are fellow neighbors, friends, family and co-workers who would like to be sustainable and productive citizens. lifenewfmind