For someone with a mental health condition, the basic necessity of a stable home can be hard to come by. The lack of safe and affordable housing is one of the most powerful barriers to recovery. When this basic need isn’t met, people cycle in and out of homelessness, jails, shelters and hospitals. Having a safe, appropriate place to live can provide stability to allow you to achieve your goals.
You may run into housing issues after being discharged from an inpatient care unit or jail and find that you have no home to return to. Many people with serious mental illness live in Supplemental Security Income (SSI),which averages just 18% of the median income and can make finding an affordable home near impossible.
Finding stable, safe and affordable housing can help you on your journey to recovery and prevent hospitalizations, homelessness and involvement in the criminal justice system. We encourage anyone looking for anyone searching for housing to check with their local NAMI affiliate as they will have a good idea of the resources available in the area.
General Resources & Links
Click here to learn read more about securing stable housing on NAMI’s page.
Affordable & Transitional Housing
Affordable housing is available all across Texas for people with low income. Affordable Housing units have rent costs that are lower than anywhere else in the area. The Teas Department of Housing and Community Affairs (TDHCA) provides the funding that supports affordable housing in Texas. some of these housing units are only available to older adults or people with disabilities.
Federal Housing Resources Guide
Technical Assistance Collaborative (TAC) is experienced at using federal housing resources administered by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to create solutions to meet the housing needs of homeless people and people with disabilities.
Housing Choice Voucher Section 8 Housing
The Housing Choice Voucher Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program provides rental assistance payments on behalf of low income individuals and families, including the elderly and persons with disabilities.
Information on Section 811
The Section 811 Project Rental Assistance (PRA) program provides project-based rental assistance for extremely low-income persons with disabilities linked with long term services.The Section 811 PRA program creates the opportunity for persons with disabilities to live as independently as possible through the coordination of voluntary services and providing a choice of subsidized, integrated rental housing options.
Mental Health America of Greater Dallas
Click here to learn more about housing resources in the greater Dallas area.