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Housing

The Oklahoma Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services (ODMHSAS) maintains a strong commitment to both the provision of housing and housing support services and advocacy for increased housing options for people with mental illness and/or addiction disorders.

"And homeless near a thousand homes I stood"

 - William Wordsworth

ODMHSAS funds, both directly and through collaborative grant efforts, a variety of housing services and services targeted at assisting homeless individuals and families:

Homeless Services

Learn more about services specific to the homeless population

Runaway and Homeless Youth Services

Learn more about services specific to runaway and homeless youth

We recognize that there are often significant barriers and challenges to finding safe, affordable and appropriate housing.  If you need assistance finding housing resources or coordinating care among several systems and provider networks or discharge planning, please submit a completed housing assessment to Andru Dallaly at Lahcen.Dallaly@odmhsas.org.

Host Home OK

An innovative and cost effective diversion program where youth and young adults are matched and placed in the homes of community volunteers, family friends, or supportive adults in their lives while they navigate housing, education, employment, and health care services to be able to transition to independent living.

Intensive Outreach and Navigation (ION)

Intensive Outreach and Navigation (ION) assists individuals discharging as homelessness from designated ODMHSAS crisis units and inpatient mental health facilities. This program provides individuals with immediate independent housing, engages them with intensive recovery support services, connects them with community mental health treatment with the goal of obtain and sustaining permanent supportive housing.

Permanent Supported Housing

Permanent Supported Housing may be either a complex with multiple units where more than 50% of the residents are consumers or maybe scattered-site (house, duplex, apartment). Includes the full rights of tenancy, including a lease, a key, privacy, and the choice of a roommate. Must offer on-going and regular, specialized housing support services in the home/community targeted to assist people with mental illness or co-occurring mental illness and addiction disorders with maintaining safe and affordable housing. Participation in services is not a required condition of tenancy.

PFS Transitional Living Program for Re-entry Individuals

PFS Transitional Living Program for Re-entry Individuals: This is supported transitional living program using a scattered site model offered in NE and North Central Oklahoma for individuals exiting Department of Corrections or have had recent criminal justice involvement.Contact information is Grand Lake Mental Health Services, Denise Phelps, at:

Denise Phelps, BHCM,BHWC,CPRSS
Housing Coordinator

Grand Lake Mental Health Center
325 South Ash Street
Nowata, OK 74048
918-256-6476 ext. #2245
918-500-6509

Recovery Residences

Recovery Residences are specifically designed to support individuals with substance use issues initiate and sustain long-term recovery. They can go by many names such as Oxford Houses, sober livings, recovery homes and therapeutic communities. Some use the term "recovery housing" interchangeability with recovery residences.

The National Alliance for Recovery Residences has identified four general types, known as Levels of Support. While all provide alcohol and licit drug free living environments and are founded on social model recovery principles, they differ in bundled services as well as staffing and governance.

Recovery Housing Scholarship - Applicants for the scholarship must have a history of opioid and/or stimulant use. No funding will be allowed to be dispersed to the participant. All payments will be paid directly to the housing program which must be OKARR certified, an Oxford House, or scattered site rental unit with access to support services/best practices provided by a contracted ODMHSAS provider or community partners who follow best practices. These funds may also be used for utilities and other needs that assist with recovery housing sustainability.

Recovery Housing Voucher - Applicants for the voucher must have a substance abuse diagnosis and meet low-and-moderate income guidelines. No funding will be allowed to be dispersed to the participant. All payments will be paid directly to the housing program which must be OKARR certified, an Oxford House, or scattered site rental unit with access to support services/best practices provided by a contracted ODMHSAS provider or community partners who follow best practices. These funds will only assist the individual with housing and utilities for a period not more than two years or until permanent housing is secured, whichever is first. Determination on length of assistance is individually based. Priority is given to transition age youth (ages 18-25), sex offenders, married couples, women/men/families with children, and women/men/children with a reunification plan outside of Oklahoma and Tulsa counties. Individuals living at any OKARR level III recovery residence anywhere in Oklahoma are also are eligible. Voucher recipients must be willing to participate in a staffing with their support system and submit a recovery housing plan within 30 days.

Rental Assistance Programs

Discharge Planning Subsidy Program: The Discharge Planning Housing Subsidy Program provides funds used to assist very low-income individuals (age 18 and older) with mental illness or co-occurring mental illness and substance abuse disorders who are discharging from psychiatric inpatient care, Department of Corrections, or aging out of the foster care system, with accessing and maintaining decent, safe, sanitary, and affordable housing.   To facilitate access to such housing, program funds are used to provide time-limited assistance to eligible applicants with housing costs such as rent, utility costs, rent deposits and utility deposits. The amount and type of assistance are determined based on individual income level and identified need.  Discharging facilities must make the referral for this assistance prior to discharge.

Transition Youth Subsidy Program: This program is designed to help individuals with mental illness and/or substance abuse disorders, between the ages of 17-24, who are enrolled in an ODMHSAS designated Transition Project. afford decent, safe housing. To facilitate access to such housing, program funds are used to provide time-limited assistance to eligible applicants with housing costs such as rent, utility costs, rent deposits and utility deposits. The amount and type of assistance are determined based on individual income level and identified need.

Residential Care Facilities (RCF)

  • Residential Care Facilities (RCF) provide housing and supports for  individuals with a mental illness, age 18 and older and is our highest level of community based housing.  RCFs provide 24- hour supportive assistance to include physical exercise, daily living skills, and socialization activities with the hope to be a stepping stone to independent living in the future.

RISE Above Program (RAP)

  • RISE Above Program (RAP) provides connections to housing and wrap around supports to victims of human trafficking in all counties except Oklahoma and Tulsa. For more information, please contact Andru Dallaly@odmhsas.org.

Safe Haven

Safe Haven programs are a place of temporary shelter for a homeless person with mental illness; however, the length of stay is not defined and can be long term.  Safe Haven services assist homeless persons to build relationships with mental health service providers, access community programs and facilitate the eventual transition to permanent housing.

Sober Living

Sober Living is provided in collaboration with Oklahoma City Housing Authority at Providence Apartments in Oklahoma City for women with children, men with children and families with children. There are 48 one, two and three-bedroom apartments are available. Contact Sharita Blandon at 405-595-3649 for access to the application. After submitting your application an over the phone interview will be scheduled for program acceptance and HUD approval. 

Transitional Housing

Supervised Transitional Living: Supervised Transitional Living programs are supervised places of temporary transitional residence for mental health consumers needing on-site support twenty-four hours a day.  These programs are intended to assist residents with stabilization and acquisition of skills necessary to transition to an independent living situation.

Supported Transitional Housing: Supported Transitional Housing programs are temporary transitional group apartments or other residential settings with staff available as needed (not 24-hour on-site supervision).  These programs are intended to assist residents with acquisition of skills necessary to transition to an independent living situation.

Transitional Living for Those in Recovery

Transitional Living for Those in Recovery is a specialized recovery residence targeting individuals who are on a MAT program on their path to recovery.  For intake information contact Geoffery Patterson at 918-913-0430.

Housing Plus Endorsement

Housing Plus Endorsement is enhanced training in housing best practices. There are five required trainings: Housing First 101, CoC and Coordinated Entry, How to Work with Housing Authorities, Fair Housing and the Seven Protected Classes, and Eviction Prevention. This endorsement indicates that you are trained as a housing specialist add can be added to peer support services and case management certifications. To learn more about this endorsement, please contact Andru Dallaly at Lahcen.Dallaly@odmhsas.org.

Upcoming trainings:

Agency Point of Contact Email
Carl Albert Rachael Fisk Rachael.Fisk@odmhsas.org
12 & 12 Dustin Bailey Dustin.Bailey@12and12.org
Catalyst Sunny Jamerson sjamerson@catalystok.org
COCMHC Hailey Watts Hailey.Watts@odmhsas.org
Creoks Kristi Boydston Kristi.Boydston@creoks.org
CRS Heather Sisson hsisson@crsok.org
FCS Kathy Loehr kloehr@fcsok.org
Gateway to Prevention Kimberly McCutcheon kmccutcheon@gatewaytoprevention.org
GLMHC Denise Phelps dphelps@glmhc.net
Green Country Krissy Jones Krissy.Jones@gcbhc.org
Hope Angela Wernke & Nora Castillo alwernke@hopecsi.org
necastillo@hopecsi.org
Jordan's Crossing Lacy Davis laceyd@red-rock.com
JTCMHC Cordelia Jacobi Cordelia.Jacobi@odmhsas.org
Lighthouse Katrina Gonzalez kgonzalez@lighthouseok.com
Mental Health Association Oklahoma Megan Dietz mdietz@mhat.org
     
Monarch   mrogers@monarchok.org
NCBH Kenzie Johnson Kenzie.Johnson@odmhsas.org
Northcare Stephanie Byerly Stephanie.Byerly@northcare.com
Northcare/FTC Lydia Foxen Lydia.Foxen@northcare.com
NWTC Kristen Harris kharrisnwtc@pldi.net
OCCIC Carly Snedeker Carly.Snedeker@odmhsas.org
OCRU Courtney Corner Courtney.Corner@odmhsas.org
Palmer Christie Scyffore cscyffore@palmer-tulsa.org
Pivot Norman Markland Norman.Markland@pivotok.org
RRBHS Natasha Taylor ntaylor@red-rock.com
Sisu Lenora Lavictorie llavictorie@sisuyouth.org
Stigler Health and Wellness/Oaks Danielle Bowers dbowers@thwcinc.com
Transition House Amanda Sherf asherf@thouse.org
Youth and Family Services Enid Jacie Mitschelen jmitschelen@yfsenid.org