For a list of Mental Health Service Providers, see our list of Mental Health Resources.
What is mental illness?
A mental disorder or mental illness is a psychiatric condition that afflicts children, youth, adults and older adults. The conditions are often debilitating and may cause distress and/or disability and is not a part of normal development or culture.
What is recovery?
Recovery Innovations of California (RICA) defines recovery as remembering who you are and using your strengths to become all that you were meant to be. RICA helps people discover the pathways to RECOVERY—Hope, Choice, Empowerment, Recovery Environment, Meaning and Purpose—and how to use them to feel better about themselves and develop their own plan for wellness.
How does supportive housing work?
Supportive housing units are generally integrated in new affordable housing developments. San Diego County Behavioral Health Services Division (BHS) works with developers and community partners to make a small percentage of the units available to qualified participants in Full Service Partnership (FSP) programs and to provide them with mental health services, case management, recovery services, educational programs, employment opportunities or training, and social services.
Participants hold their own leases and contribute to their rents, and are subject to the same rules and regulations as all other tenants.
1. City of San Diego Housing Commission (SDHC)
SDHC is an award-winning public agency dedicated to preserving and increasing affordable housing within the City of San Diego. The Housing Commission’s Rental Assistance Department administers the federally financed Housing Choice Voucher Program (Section 8), which annually provides rent subsidies for about 38,000 people in the City of San Diego. http://www.sdhc.org (619) 231-9400
2. County of San Diego Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD)
HCD promotes “safe, affordable housing opportunities and improved communities in the San Diego region.” County HCD also administers the federally financed Housing Choice Voucher Program (Section 8), which provides rent subsidies for eligible residents within the County jurisdiction. “http://www.sdcounty.ca.gov/sdhcd/index.html (858) 694-4801
3. Homeless Prevention and Rapid Re-housing Programs (HPRP)
On February 17, 2009, President Obama signed the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, which includes $1.5 billion for a Homelessness Prevention Fund. Funding for this program, called the Homelessness Prevention and Rapid Re-housing Program (HPRP), is being distributed on the formula used for the Emergency Shelter Grants (ESG) program. http://www.hudhre.info/hprp
4. Mental Health Services Act (MHSA) Housing Program Developers
MHSA Housing Program units are currently in development. Applications for units when available will be determined by the Full Service Partnership (FSP) providers listed under “Mental Health Resources” (next Section II – 3 that follows). The developers will advertise the availability of the units once their respective developments open. Developers currently active in the MHSA Housing program include:
Affirmed Housing Group is a Southern-California based Affordable Housing Developer specializing in tax-credit and tax-exempt bond financed multi-family and single family developments. http://www.affirmedhousing.com (858) 679-2828
BRIDGE creates high-quality, affordable homes for working families and seniors. With over 13,000 homes and counting, BRIDGE has become the leading affordable housing developer in California. We build a range of housing types that not only fit comfortably into their surroundings but also act as the catalyst for revitalizing and strengthening neighborhoods. Above all, BRIDGE builds communities. http://www.bridgehousing.com (415) 989-1111
Father Joe’s Villages
With seven large “villages” in the Southwest, Father Joe’s Villages envisions communities where everyone is able to obtain food, housing, healthcare, and education; and achieve his or her full potential. Father Joe’s mission is to help our neighbors in need by providing a continuum of care that promotes a pathway to self-sufficiency and independence. http://www.fatherjoesvillages.org (619) 446-2100
Hitzke Development Corporation
Hitzke Development Corporation specializes in redevelopment. Ideal locations are transit-adjacent, mixed-use appropriate, with high-density zoning. http://www.hitzkedevelopment.com (760) 798-9809
Housing Development Partners (HDP)
In 1990 the Housing Commission authorized the establishment of a nonprofit housing corporation, Housing Development Partners (HDP), formerly San Diego Housing Development Corporation. http://www.sdhc.org (619) 231-9400
Meta Housing Corporation
Meta Housing Corporation develops affordable and market-rate apartment communities for families and seniors throughout Southern California. Since 1969, Meta Housing has developed more than 12,000 residential units. Each Meta Housing community aims to provide the highest quality of life possible, integrating innovative design concepts with life-enhancing features that make a significant impact on the lives of their residents. http://www.metahousing.com/default.php (310) 575-3543
Squier Properties/ROEM Corporation
ROEM Corporation is committed to creating high-quality, high-value infill communities for everyone. Through integrated and innovative planning, design, development, construction management, and marketing, ROEM provides innovative solutions to complicated urban housing and commercial demands. http://www.roemcorp.com/about/news-details.cfm?news_id=99. (408) 984-5600
Townspeople, Inc. offers solutions to the housing needs of people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness; who are low-income and need an affordable place to live; and those who need better health care for special needs like HIV/AIDS. Services include homelessness prevention and rapid re-housing, rental and utility assistance and information and referral to other housing and life supporting social services in San Diego. http://www.townspeople.org/ (619) 295-8802
Wakeland Housing & Development Corporation
Wakeland Housing and Development Corporation is a nonprofit affordable housing developer in San Diego and throughout California. Wakeland develops, acquires, and rehabilitates quality affordable housing, serving residents earning 60 percent or below the area median income. At Wakeland, quality includes sustainable building and comprehensive Resident Services programs for our residents. http://www.wakelandhdc.com/ (619) 235-2296
5. Regional Continuum of Care Council
RCCC is a community-based forum focused on homelessness in the San Diego region. http://www.sdcounty.ca.gov/sdhcd/homeless/supportive_housing_program.html
6. United Way of San Diego County/Home Again
Home Again is United Way of San Diego County’s public engagement campaign to end chronic homelessness in San Diego County. The campaign supports San Diego County’s 10-Year Plan to End Chronic Homelessness, and advocates providing affordable housing and supportive services to help move the chronically homeless off the streets and into stable living and working situations. http://www.uwsd.org/ (858) 492-2000