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.
Our state plan to end veteran and chronic homelessness by 2017; family, children, and youth homelessness by 2020; and all other homelessness by 2025, so that episodes of homelessness will be rare, brief, and non-recurring.
Veterans who have a mental illness, substance use disorder, or a co-occurring mental illness and substance use disorder who are experiencing long-term homelessness can receive specialized case management services, outreach, and help finding permanent affordable housing.
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.
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.
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).
Projects for Assistance in Transition from Homelessness (PATH), serves people with serious mental illness, including those with co-occurring substance use disorders who are experiencing homelessness or are at imminent risk of becoming homeless.
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.
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.