Mental Health and Substance Use Resources

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National Alliance to End Homelessness

Other | April 29, 2009

The resources below provide additional information about the relationship between homelessness and mental health and substance use.

Chronic Homelessness
The Alliance has released an updated brief on chronic homelessness, describing its characteristics, causes, and solutions. The brief summarizes the interaction between emergency shelters, health care systems, and criminal justice and chronic homelessness. It also describes the benefits and cost effectiveness of permanent supportive housing and the success that many communities have achieved.

Christian Community Health Center in Chicago, Illinois: Providing Supportive Housing and Health Care
Christian Community Health Center (CCHC) is based in Chicago and provides permanent supportive housing for families and individuals. CCHC started as a Community Health Center in 1991 and has expanded to include housing placement and support services. CCHC is able to maintain housing for 100 percent of clients 6 months after housing placement.

Amethyst Inc. in Columbus, Ohio: Helping Addicted Women to Gain and Maintain Sobriety
Amethyst, Inc., in Columbus, Ohio, is a substance use treatment program that seeks to create a safe, supportive, nurturing, and woman-centered environment that encourages trust, bonding, and connection. Their program model focuses on addiction and stresses the significance of poverty in perpetuating drug and alcohol abuse. It was founded in 1984 by a group of recovering women to provide long-term support and safe, affordable housing to women who were in the process of recovering from addiction. Today, Amethyst has 95 permanent and 8 transitional housing units which support over 150 women and their 100 children annually.