Other Services Supporting Disabled Residents in Their Housing

  1. Congregate Housing Services Program
  2. Service Directories for Various Disability Networks
  3. Service Resources for Persons with Chronic Mental Illness

There are other federal programs and national networks that provide support to low-income disabled persons, often in partnership with local service organizations.

Option 1: Congregate Housing Services Program

HUD’s Congregate Housing Services Program (CHSP) funds meals and other supportive services for both non-elderly disabled and frail senior residents of federally subsidized housing. It supports meal delivery and non-medical supportive services that help residents maintain independent living. Properties must offer at least one hot meal per day. Many Public Housing, Project-Based Section 8 Rental Assistance, Section 202 and Section 515 properties dedicated to serving seniors and disabled residents participate in this program. You should check with the owner or property manager to see if they receive CHSP funds and what services are provided.

Option 2: Service Directories for Various Disability Networks

The Administration on Disabilities (AoD) works with states, communities and other disability network partners. Their goal is to increase the independence, productivity and community integration of disabled people. AoD is part of the Administration for Community Living, which is part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). AoD has a number of programs that link people with various disabilities to resources and supports that help them live independently. This includes links to resources for people with physical disabilities, developmental disabilities and veterans resources. You can visit AoD’s main page here.

Option 3: Service Resources for Persons with Chronic Mental Illness

The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) is a nonprofit organization that serves people nationwide with mental illness. It engages in education and advocacy on behalf of mentally ill people at local, state and national levels. NAMI also has a toll-free helpline  Helpline staff can answer questions and provide referrals regarding symptoms and treatment options, local support groups and services, education programs, programs to help find jobs and legal services referrals. NAMI’s helpline is (800) 950-NAMI (6264) or info@nami.org.  The helpline is open from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. ET, Monday through Friday. NAMI’s Helpline Web Page also has additional information and links for help in crisis situations, including suicide, domestic violence and sexual assault.