Through the generous funding of the Salt Lake County Division of Behavioral Health, Housing Connect provides housing assistance to approximately 70 households in the community who live with serious mental illness and are connected to case management teams that provide comprehensive, flexible treatment, and support. Those teams include Salt Lake County Behavioral Health Services approved community partners; Optum Utah, Volunteers of America, UT ACT team, Odyssey House’s FACT and Residential Mental Health teams, and Valley Behavioral Health’s AOT and ACT teams.
Households that are able to live independently may be assisted through a TBRA housing voucher, which is similar to a Housing Choice Voucher. Households find and lease a unit in the community with Housing Connect providing the monthly rental subsidy.
These units, leased by Housing Connect and sub-leased to program participants, reduce barriers to housing that often prevent successful housing in the community. This assistance is designed to provide initial stability and provide a platform for full integration into the community. This housing option reduces housing barriers related to criminal or credit backgrounds.
Housing Connect contracts with facility-based housing providers that operate “boarding home” type of housing. These facilities offer meals, medication monitoring, and other supportive services.
The Denver Apartments offer 22 units of permanent supportive housing for individuals who have mental health issues and are clients of Volunteers of America Utah’s Assertive Community Treatment (VOA, UT ACT) team. There are staff members on-site 24-7 and mental health services are provided by professionals of the VOA Assertive Community Treatment team. For more information on the ACT program, click here.
In partnership with First Step House, Central City Apartments have 25 permanent housing units for vulnerable people in our community facing homelessness and serious mental health conditions funded by Salt Lake County Division of Behavioral Health Services. The complex includes 24-7 on-site support services provided by CHARTER (Community, Housing, and Assertive Response for Treatment Enhanced Recovery), as well as on-site recovery meetings, crisis coordination, behavioral health coordination, transportation, and an on-site outpatient mental health clinic.