Housing & Homeless Services

In the TDMHSAS Office of Housing and Homeless Services, we aim to support the housing needs of people living with mental illness as they find a new life in recovery.  Through partnerships with local service providers, supportive communities, and tireless advocates, we're able to help people find stable living situations to support their recovery.  The reason why we do what we do is best summed up by a recent news story that you can watch below.  You can also scroll farther to learn more about individual programs.

The Creating Homes Initiative (CHI)  seeks to assertively and strategically partner with local communities to educate, inform, and expand quality, safe, affordable and permanent housing options for people with mental illness and co-occurring disorders.

Projects for Assistance in Transition from Homelessness (PATH), serves people with serious mental illness who are experiencing homelessness or are at imminent risk of becoming homeless.

ILS provides intensive long-term, wrap-around support services to allow people to be discharged from the state’s Regional Mental Health Institutes into supportive living facilities in the community.

 TDMHSAS operates a pair of targeted transitional support programs to cover short-term needs and help people get on their feet in new housing situations. Click to learn more.

Safe, stable, quality, affordable housing is an essential component of recovery from substance use disorder.  The department is proud to share the following resources for recovery housing, many of which we support in various forms.

The SSI/SSDI Outreach, Access, and Recovery (SOAR) effort in Tennessee is an initiative designed to increase access to SSI/SSDI for eligible adults who are experiencing or at risk of homelessness and have a mental illness, medical impairment, and/or a co-occurring substance use disorder.

Find web resources related to housing and homelessness, along with available statewide programs and where to obtain assistance. Please check back frequently for additional resources and new programs that may become available in your area.

Children and youth with Severe Emotional Disturbance (SED) who experience homelessness can receive help to secure housing and keep the family intact.

Young adults with mental illness or serious emotional disturbance leaving foster care or mental health residential treatment can receive life skills classes and partially-supervised housing through Park Center’s Emerging Adult program in Nashville.

A Continuum of Care (CoC) is a regional or local planning body that coordinates housing and services funding for homeless families and individuals, primarily using funding received through U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).