The Permanent Supportive Housing (PSH) project opened May 2014. This program is the first of its kind in the state of North Dakota. Individual single-room units are leased to youth ages 18-26 who have been determined the "hardest to house" individuals. Residents sign 12 month leases and work with staff on independent living skills, increasing their income potential, developing positive rental history, etc. Each room comes furnished and includes a vanity with sink, mini-fridge and built in storage. Residents share a bathroom and kitchen. The property is staffed and rests in a prime residential location right next to a bus line.
Permanent Supportive Housing is subsidized by Housing and Urban Development and to qualify you must be low-income, disabled (which includes mental health issues or chemical dependency), literally homeless or at risk of homelessness and you must complete a housing assessment to qualify. It is income based – 30% of your gross income or $25 per month for those who are not employed. We use the CARES prioritization list to fill units as needed so that we are housing the most chronically homeless individuals. We have 21 single units and 4 two-bedroom family units between three floors. The site is staffed 24 hours per day and all tenants are assigned a case manager who helps them develop their individual goal plan and work on things that are important to them to help maintain their housing.