BOULDER, CO — Homeless Solutions for Boulder County has been awarded a 5-year, $2.4 million grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration to fund services that help individuals chronically experiencing homelessness to obtain and maintain stable housing. These services will be implemented by Mental Health Partners in conjunction with the Boulder County Community Services Department, and will include case management, housing navigation, and behavioral health treatment.
The project, known as Boulder County Pathways to Housing Stability, will leverage current support systems by connecting them to existing resources for rental assistance, creating new permanent supportive housing opportunities for individuals with long histories of experiencing homelessness and behavioral health needs.
“We know that housing ends homelessness, but oftentimes simply putting a roof over someone’s head is not enough to keep our most vulnerable individuals housed for the long term,” said Jennifer Biess, Boulder County’s Homeless Services Systems Manager in a statement. “For those who have been without a home for long periods and who may struggle with behavioral health issues, additional supports can help them navigate the transition to housing and use that home as a platform to improve their wellbeing in other ways. The services made available through this new grant will help provide that support.”
Mental Health Partners has provided mental health and addiction recovery care in Boulder and Broomfield counties for more than 50 years.”At MHP, we believe stable housing is an important factor for individuals seeking mental health care and are committed to continuing to integrate this supportive service in our continuum of behavioral health and addiction recovery care.” said Kristina Shaw, MHP’s Public Information Officer.
For more information on the program and other services connected to homelessness provided by Boulder County, visit the Homeless Solutions for Boulder County webpage.
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by Mara Abbott