CHSS goals focus on maintaining housing stability and addressing mental health concerns that may have previously led to homelessness, or challenges engaging with services.
Community. Stability. Home.
Safe, stable, and affordable housing is a foundation that mental health and wellness, independence and self-sufficiency can rest on. Bridgeways’ team focuses on helping clients maintain precious housing stability by working on goals related to mental health recovery, assisting with emergent critical needs, and facilitating engagement with community resources and natural supports.
Our county tax dollars at work!
Bridgeways’ Community Housing Stability and Support Program (CHSS) helped 68 individuals who were previously homeless, maintain their affordable housing during 2019. CHSS has been partially funded by Snohomish County’s 1/10 of 1% Sales Tax supporting Mental Health and Chemical Dependency services since program inception in 2010.
Shortage of affordable housing in Snohomish County.
Maintaining existing housing is so critical. Bridgeways’ clients receiving supportive housing services are living in very low-income situations. They may have a history of evictions and legal troubles; lack positive relationships, family, or community supports. The Housing Consortium of Everett and Snohomish County’s “Housing Snohomish County Project” published in April of 2018 reports that the inventory of income-restricted homes or vouchers in Everett available for households with up to 50% Area Median Income consists of 2,765 units. Yet the need for Everett households at or below 50% AMI is 16,407.
Your support helps me keep my housing. It is essential to my stability and independence. I don’t want to be homeless again.
With my housing stable, I can schedule and keep necessary appointments for my medical and dental needs. I want to set small goals and then eventually bigger ones.