Housing Initiative

BBHC is addressing the accessibility, sustainability, and wrap-around supports for persons with mental illness and substance use issues who are homeless, at risk or homelessness or are exiting institutional care and need ongoing supports to live independently. Many people we serve cannot afford the high cost of Broward rent without subsidy or vouchers due to dependency on social security or lack of employment. Few people with serious mental illnesses have access to a home, with full tenancy rights and community integration to support their recovery. As such, BBHC is implementing its Housing Initiative to address these issues as part of a state requirement from DCF for all Managing Entities, per Incorporated Document 37.

Purpose

  • Increase and improve collaboration and coordination between Managing Entities, Local Homeless Coalitions, Designated Lead Agencies of Continuum of Care Plans, Florida Housing Finance Corporation (FHFC), and other key state and local agencies as they relate to housing-related services;
  • Find safe, affordable, stable housing for individuals with mental health and/or co-occurring diagnoses; Ensure that these individuals receive the necessary support services to be successful in the community; and
  • Increase the number of discharges from state mental health treatment facilities to stable community housing in lieu of discharges to community crisis stabilization units, to addiction receiving facilities, or to placements increasing the risk of subsequent homelessness.



Through this initiative, BBHC has hired a Housing Team that includes a Housing Coordinator, Housing Navigator and SOAR/Entitlements Coordinator. The objective of the Broward Behavioral Health Coalition’s Housing Team is to enrich the lives of individuals who are diagnosed with behavioral health challenges and who are experiencing homelessness, at-risk of homelessness or who are reintegrating into the community from institutional care by making decent, safe and affordable housing opportunities accessible by working in partnership with Broward County’s Continuum of Care, BBHC’s service providers and other community organizations to offer resources, assist with strategic planning and improve practices intended to remove barriers for those we serve.

Get Involved: 

Housing Coordinator:
Elissa Plancher
EPlancher@bbhcflorida.org

Housing Navigator:
Kenisha Bryant
KBryant@bbhcflorida.org

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Resources & Links: 

SPDAT Tools: http://www.orgcode.com/
Broward County Homeless Initiative Partnership (HIP): http://www.broward.org/HumanServices/CommunityPartnerships/HomelessIniti...
Florida Coalition for the Homeless: http://fchonline.org/