Partners’ Housing Coordinators work to make sure that members have options for safe, decent and affordable housing. Housing staff members serve on, facilitate, and support community groups, boards, councils and organizations that share Partners’ goal of welcoming people with disabilities into the community.
In addition, housing staff procure grants to expand community capacity for stable residential options that provide the opportunity for growth, skill building, and increased independent living. They maintain an inventory of housing resources and information on the unmet housing needs of individuals and families served.
Providers may seek assistance from housing staff for consumers who are seeking safe and affordable housing. Staff can also provide or arrange for education to providers on a variety of housing topics.
Housing Coordinators do not:
- Provide case management
- Directly assist consumers with housing
- Manage rental property
- Make residential/group home placements
To reach a member of Partners’ Housing Team, please call the number associated with the county in which you are seeking housing:
- Burke and Catawba counties: 828-323-8084
- Cleveland, Gaston and Lincoln counties: 704-884-2514
PSH SAMSHA toolkit: Permanent Supportive Housing Evidence-Based Practices (EBP KIT)
Rights of Tenancy: The SAMSHA toolkit (see above) has written materials (public domain) that can be printed and given to members, describing tenancy rights and responsibilities.
Fair Housing Trainings: NC Legal Aid Fair Housing Project provides Fair Housing Trainings via webinar. Dates vary. Contact Karen Williams at firstname.lastname@example.org for information on upcoming trainings.
Affordable Housing Resources:
- Locations: www.socialserve.com
- Subsidies: Fair Housing Training will give you this information
- Eligibility and Application Processes: Section 8 housing vouchers (https://eligibility.com/section-8/northcarolina-nc-section-8-benefits)
- Network of Property Managers/Landlords: Each provider will need to build personal relationships with landlords and property managers. Encourage collaborating with peer providers to help build relationships.
Community Resource Needs (for SDOH):
- Transportation: https://providers.partnersbhm.org/transportation-resources/
- Aunt Bertha: A statewide resource that can be used by anyone to connect to free and reduced cost resources to assist with SDOH needs by searching by zip code. www.auntbertha.com
- Pyx Health: (Member App) Partners members can connect to this free phone app as a means to combat loneliness and promote self-care. Members can connect by setting up a member login on the Partners website member portal or learn more at https://www.partnersbhm.org/member-education/#Pyx-Health.
Entitlement Programs: NC DHHS Low-Income Services website gives instruction for how to apply for a variety of state benefits: https://www.ncdhhs.gov/assistance/low-income-services
- Individual Placement and Support (IPS) Services: Commonly known as “Supported Employment” referrals can be made to Partners providers.
- Work First Family Assistance: https://www.ncdhhs.gov/divisions/social-services/work-first-family-assistance also known as TANF. Assists members with children who are trying to work and need cash assistance.
- Vocational Rehabilitation: VR services are to assist individuals with disabilities achieve goals of employment.
- Goodwill Services: Offers skills/job training and services to assist individuals to successfully gain employment.
Partners offers brief training videos (less than 30 minutes) as learning opportunities for staff who directly work with housing individuals. Tutorials are located on the Partners Provider Training Library:
Housing Resources Overview: Learn about various resources that will be helpful to use for yourself and to teach individuals to promote long-term success in housing.
Housing First Model: Learn about the Evidence Based Practice model called “Housing First” and how it differs from the typical “housing readiness” practices.
Homelessness and Housing for People with Behavioral Health Challenges: Learn about strategies to successfully transition homeless individuals into long-term permanent housing.
NCDHHS has contracted with TAC (Technical Assistance Collaborative) to host training for providers.
The TAC website includes a Vouchers Database by County in NC: https://www.tacinc.org/resources/vouchers-database/
The TAC Website offers a Section 8 Made Simple Manual. https://www.tacinc.org/resources/section-8-made-simple/
Includes topics such as:
- Overview of Housing Choice Vouchers
- Reasonable Accommodations
- Waiting List Processes
- Determining the Total Tenant Payment and the HCV Rent Subsidy
TAC Sponsored Training January 2021. “Section 8 Made Simple for Practitioners: Understanding your PHA’s Housing Choice Voucher Program”
Slide decks can be found on the Partners Training Library https://www.partnerstraining.org/training-library/