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Wellspring Announces Housing First Program

on Tue, 02/21/2012 - 13:13

In September, the Homeless Coalition walked the streets of Louisville Metro and surveyed homeless people as part of the “100,000 Homes Campaign.”  The results were startling; a large number of the participants reported major health risks, and the average length of homelessness was five years.

But on September 23rd the Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) announced a grant award that will address those issues for at least 75 adults in our community.  This three-year $1.5 million grant “will help rebuild the lives of people and families who are chronically homeless because of a behavioral health problem,” explains SAMSHA  Administrator Pamela S. Hyde. “By providing housing that supports recovery from these health conditions, we can move people off the streets and into successful, fulfilling lives.”

The grant will target chronically homeless adults with severe mental illness, substance abuse, or co-occurring mental illness and substance abuse.

Taking a Housing First approach, the first priority of this grant is to connect those in need of housing with permanent housing and will involve a number of community agencies, including Wellspring.  “We are excited to have a significant role in this important effort to provide housing to some of the most vulnerable homeless adults in our community and pleased that Wellspring will now be able to offer ‘Housing First’ as one of the choices in our array of supportive housing options,” says Kathy Dobbins, Wellspring Executive Director.

Phoenix Health Center for the Homeless, a division of Family Health Centers, Inc., is the lead agency in this program. Wellspring will offer case management, peer support services and art therapy as part of the intensive individualized services designed to increase recovery and sustain permanent support housing.

These clients are beginning to move into their new apartments, but many don't have the basic necessities to make their apartments feel like a home of their own.  You can help these individuals by donating any of the following items to Wellspring:

  • Microwaves, crock pots, and coffee makers
  • Bedding
  • Bath and kitchen towels
  • Shower curtains and rings
  • Pots, pans, baking dishes, mixing bowls, and food storage containers
  • Dishes, glassware, silverware, and cooking utensils
  • Garbage cans and garbage bags
  • Mops, brooms, and cleaning solutions
  • Household supplies such as dish soap, paper towels, toilet paper, tooth brushes, shaving cream, etc.

To make a donation, contact us at (502) 753-1457.