Affordable housing and adaptive reuse

Rather than demolish an historic Portland church, a nonprofit organization, Shalom House, has submitted a proposal to use the space for housing low-income individuals with mental disabilities. The integrity of the exterior will remain largely unchanged, with the bulk of renovation taking place inside the building to create 25 affordable units. As I said in […]

Supportive services are necessary in updated New Jersey housing plans

The case for housing the mentally ill: it is less expensive and more productive.  In light of the recent New Jersey ruling mandating that municipalities submit their affordable housing plans to the state Supreme Court, Bridgeway Rehabilitation Services urges local housing authorities to consider integrating wraparound services for people with mental illness (such as counseling […]

Illinois receives more than $6 million to fund 200 units of supportive affordable housing

Illinois residents with a stake in affordable housing rejoiced in early March when the state became one of 25 states granted funding for housing projects targeted to extremely low-income disabled people below the age of 65. Funds come from the Section 811 Project Assistance Rental (PRA) program and are distributed to state housing agencies by the federal Department of […]

Using poetry to explore the Housing First model

Housing First is a relatively new model in the pantheon of supportive affordable housing. Under this title, housing is provided to chronically homeless people living in temporary homeless shelters or on the street who have severe dependence on drugs, alcohol or both. Mental and physical disabilities are often present as well. Supporters of housing first […]