Everyone deserves safe and stable housing. In the supportive housing model, various support services combined with affordable housing help provide stability and assistance for people living with disabilities like serious and persistent mental illness or dual diagnoses.
Know Your Rights
In conjunction with SHOUT- Supportive Housing Organizations & United Tenants, NAMI-NYC is launching a Know Your Rights campaign with trainings to help tenants advocate for themselves. The best way for supportive housing tenants to advocate for themselves is to know their rights. We are excited to see that Int 2176-2020 was passed to ensure that a document outlining supportive housing tenant’s rights is made regularly available to tenants, but adequate implementation is key to working toward tenants’ wellbeing.
Mental Health Professionals in Shelters
We advocate for the passage of City Council bill Int 0522-2022, which would require mental health professionals to be available in families with children shelters in the city. This legislation would require DHS to maintain a ratio of at least one full-time mental health professional for up to every 50 families with children. NAMI-NYC also supports the same model for the provision of on-site mental health services to expand to single adult shelters, given the increase of individuals with mental health conditions in need of these services at shelters since the start of the pandemic.