Permanent Supportive Housing
Father Joe's Villages has 5 apartment buildings with 362 units of affordable and supportive housing available in the community of San Diego.
Villa Harvey Mandel
16th & Market
15th & Commercial
Tenant Services is a voluntary program that provides supportive case management and life skills events and activities to tenants living within Father Joe's Villages' permanent housing communities. Tenant Services Coordinators also assess client strengths and needs, assist tenants in developing, setting and achieving personal goals, and refer clients to appropriate community resources. Our goal is to contribute positively to the vision of Permanent Housing staff to create a housing environment defined by a sense of ownership and positive community spirit that is fostered by both tenants and staff.
- Of 54 tenants served in Village Place in 2010, 42 (77%) remained in permanent housing for at least one year.
- Of 48 tenants served in Villa Harvey Mandel in 2010, 35 (73%) remained in permanent housing for at least one year.
- Of 102 tenants served in 16th & Market in 2010, 75 (74%) remained in permanent housing for at least one year.
- Of 20 tenants served in Boulevard Apartments in 2010, 15 families (75%) remained in permanent housing for at least one year.
Village ACT Project
In 2007 St. Vincent de Paul Village was awarded federal funding from SAMHSA's Services in Supportive Housing initiative to operate the Village ACT Project providing Assertive Community Treatment (ACT) services to approximately 57 tenants of Village Place and Villa Harvey Mandel. St. Vincent's was selected as one of just nine agencies nationwide to receive the first round of Services in Supportive Housing funding. This project is the only federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration–funded ACT project serving seriously mentally ill homeless adults in San Diego County.
ACT is an evidence-based practice that provides intensive mental health services and case management to tenants who struggle with a mental illness and a history of chronic homelessness, many of whom have a co-occurring mental health and substance abuse disorder. Research shows that homeless persons with serious mental illness and substance use disorders are among the most underserved and the most difficult to reach for services. They fall between the cracks that separate the mental health and substance abuse treatment systems, are more likely to be chronically homeless, and are at greater risk of hospitalization and incarceration. Because of these challenges, the ACT team provides services where the participant is most comfortable: in his/her apartment, in the office located on-site, while taking a walk in the community, at the park, etc.
ACT, an evidence based practice, is a multi-disciplinary, person-centered, and strength-based model. The staff works as a "team" serving the same clients – not as a group of individual practitioners who have primary responsibility only for their own caseloads. The team provides services 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Staffing includes a Team Leader, Mental Health Clinicians, Mental Health Specialists, Nurse, Peer Support Specialist, Life Skills Coach, Psychiatrist and a Program Assistant.
*Folsom D.P., Hawthorne W., Lindamer, L., et al. Prevalence and risk factors for homelessness and utilization of mental health services among 10,340 patients with serious mental illness in a large public mental health system. Am J Psychiatry. 2005; 162: 370-376.
- In 2010, 84% of the clients served by the ACT Team maintained their housing stability.
- 88% experienced an improvement in mental health symptoms in 2010.
- In 2010, 73% demonstrated an improvement in sobriety and 93% were supported by and connected to the community and improved or maintained their financial stability.
- The Village ACT Project received the 2010 Supportive Housing Program of the Year award from the County of San Diego Mental Health provider community.
In conjunction with United Way and the Home Again initiative, St. Vincent de Paul Village is proud to be spearheading Project 25, a unique program targeting San Diego's 35 most severe chronic homeless individuals. Studies indicate that our neighbors in need who are classified as "chronically homeless" – meaning they are either continuously homeless for one year or without shelter at least four times within a three-year period – consume the largest percentage of costs in terms of law enforcement and emergency medical services.
Project 25 is an innovative collaboration of multiple social service providers in the City of San Diego that targets 35 or more of the chronically homeless most frequent users of emergency room visits, ambulance services, in-patient hospitalizations, mental health out-patient and inpatient services, jail and incarceration costs and detoxification services. Project 25 will provide an approach to solving the many difficulties associated with chronic homelessness. Using this "Housing First" model, Project 25 will provide permanent housing followed closely by wraparound intensive case management in the tradition of St. Vincent de Paul's Continuum of Care approach. Substance abuse counseling and harm reduction, mental and physical health services, education and other support resources are all combined to create a comprehensive system of treatment which helps our neighbors and saves lives in the process.
In addition to its economic and individual benefits, Project 25 focuses on data collection. While a handful of other frequent user initiatives have taken place around the country, St. Vincent de Paul Village and Project 25 partners are committed to detailed, accurate information about the success of this unique opportunity. St. Vincent de Paul Village has partnered with Pt. Loma Nazarene University's Fermanian Business and Economic Institute who will provide outside assessment and analysis of Project 25's progress.