Our housing services transition individuals from homelessness to stable housing by helping those with mental health or substance use issues find permanent housing in the community. We give them a foundation on which they can build self-sufficiency and wellness while attaining personal goals for work, education, relationships and community integration. 98% of program participants have remained in stable housing for at least three years. Each year, more than 270 people, including 35 children, are living in a home and off the streets or out of the shelters because of our housing services.
Rental Assistance Program:
- Rental Assistance Program (formerly known as Shelter Plus Care): Provides rental assistance and case management services to single homeless individuals or families with a history of mental illness and/or in recovery from substance use issues and may be living with HIV/AIDS.
- CMV: Homeless individuals with mental illness and/or chronic substance use issues and/or living with HIV/AIDS. Scattered site apartments. This program provides rental assistance and case management services.
Supported Housing Services:
- Provides rental assistance and case management services enable homeless persons to live as independently as possible. Single homeless individuals or families with a mental health diagnosis. Individuals pay one-third of income in rent and have access to necessary services. Scattered site apartments.
Single Room Occupancy (SRO):
- Provides affordable, high-quality, supervised, and safe housing for Single individuals 18 and older with a mental health diagnosis. This housing program offers a number of supportive services to its residents, including on-going assessment and case management, individual and group counseling, peer support and referrals to collateral services. Private, furnished bedrooms in a home-like residential setting. 24/7 onsite staff supervision.
MRT Housing Services:
- OMH-MRT (Office of Mental Health-Medicaid Redesign Team): Single adults with a serious mental illness and/or substance abuse problem who are high cost Medicaid recipients. Individuals pay 30% of income toward rent and have access to behavioral, social and medical services. Scatted site apartment rental. This program provides rental assistance and case management services.
- OASAS MRT-PSH (Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services Medicaid Redesign Team Permanent Supported Housing Program): Single homeless individuals 18 and older with addiction issues who are also are high cost Medicaid recipients. Individuals pay 30% of income toward rent and access to behavioral, social and medical services. Scatted site apartment rental. This program provides rental assistance and housing counseling support services.
Project Reside (Rental assistance, Employment help, Supported services, Independence, Daily living skills, Empowerment):
- Individuals 18 and older or families with substance use and/or mental health issues who are living in a shelter or using a drop-in facility. Scatted site apartment rental. This program provides rental assistance and case management services.
- Permanent Supported Housing program for individuals and families who are chronically homeless. This program provides rental assistance and an assigned Service Coordinator who will provide case management services such as: needs assessment, home visits, referrals, advocacy, life skills training, service coordination, relapse prevention and crisis intervention.
STEHP (Solutions to End Homelessness Program):
- Provides assistance to individuals and families who lack stable housing. Homeless drug/alcohol users, including those dually diagnosed with mental illness, living on the streets or in low-demand overnight-only drop-in shelters. STEHP Includes: rapid re-housing services, eviction prevention as well as supportive services tied to housing stabilization. Services are provided by the Housing Crisis Response Team composed of a Housing Retention Counselor, a Recovery Support Specialist dually trained in both chemical dependency and mental health treatment, and a PROS Recovery Counselor.
- MHACY (Medical and Substance Abuse Outreach Program): Works with homeless individuals 18 and older who are chronic substance users and residing on the street or shelters and/or drop ins. The assigned Outreach worker provides links to permanent or transitional housing placements. Additional supportive services include: referrals to substance use treatment facilities, Medical and psychiatric services; counseling; benefits and entitlement assistance; crisis intervention
The Guidance Center of Westchester receives funding through: Westchester County Department of Community Mental Health (DCMH); New York State Office of Alcohol and Substance Abuse Services (OASAS); Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance (OTDA), New York State Office of Mental Health (OMH), Westchester County Department of Social Services (DSS), City of Mount Vernon.
- Center for College & Careers (Mount Vernon High School, New Rochelle High School, Nelson Mandela High School)
- Early Childhood Education (Creative Learning Center, child care, pre-school, Universal Pre-K)
- Housing Services
- Mental Health Services (outpatient clinics, PROS)
- Substance Use Treatment (medication assisted therapy, outpatient substance use clinic)