DISCLAIMER: NAMI Texas does not provide any supportive housing services, case management or assistance with applying to housing programs. If you are in need we can refer you to services in your community that may be able to assist you.
Basics on Supportive Housing in Texas
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 in Texas as the need far exceeds the available resources. 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 or your family member may run into housing issues after being discharged from an inpatient care unit or jail and find that there is no home to return to. Many people with serious mental illness live on Supplemental Security Income (SSI),which averages just 18% of the median income and can make finding an affordable housing situation near impossible.
Supportive group home housing is not a realistic option for most people in Texas. Medicaid does not pay for group home housing and most supportive housing facilities in Texas are private pay only with costs often running well over $1000 per month. If your family member receives social security their check can go towards monthly expenses, but it is highly unlikely their check will cover everything. If you do not think that you or anyone in your family will be able to shoulder the cost of supportive housing, then realistic alternatives could include assisted respite care through your local disability resource center or subsidized independent living (through Section 8) with in-home care services. If your loved one’s mental health condition is acute then sometimes the most realistic option would most likely be to pursue a long-term commitment in your local state psychiatric hospital.
Please be careful with boarding homes- many of them throughout the state are not safe and your loved one may have to share a room with at least one person. If you are thinking of having your family member live in a boarding home, please visit it in person first to make sure that it is a safe place to live.
Below is a list of resources that could prove to be useful. If you are unable to find anything within Texas than please don’t hesitate to look out of state. If you have any further questions or concerns, please e-mail: email@example.com or call 1-512-693-2000 Ext. 0.
General Resources & Links
Supportive Housing, Assisted Living & Group Homes for Adults
The Mary Lee Foundation– Austin
Mental Health Co-op– Houston
Brookside Farm– Austin
Jacob’s House– Dallas
Individual Care of Texas– Quinlan, Abilene
Picture Perfect Living– Austin
Haven for Hope– San Antonio
Offers a new model for assisting people who are transitioning from homelessness.
Blue Bonnet Community Trails– Serving Bastrop, Georgetown, Seguin & Round Rock
A typical stay is 3 months. Must be a resident of Williamson County and a patient of Blue Bonnet to qualify.
Residential Services for Children & Adolescents
Laurel Ridge– San Antonio. A typical stay is 2-3 months.
In Home Care Services
Click here to learn read more about securing stable housing on NAMI’s page.
211 has a great website on affordable housing 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.