Permanent Supportive Housing

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“Home is the nicest word there is.”
~ Laura Ingalls Wilder

The Housing Services Program of Ravenwood Health believes that….

People with mental disabilities can successfully live in the community like everyone else and that having safe and stable housing is important to the well being and recovery of each individual.

Who is Eligible for Ravenwood Housing Services?

Housing services are available to Geauga County residents who are a least 18 years old with a severe and persistent mental illness. The housing programs that offer rent subsidies have additional eligibility guidelines that must also be met. Households must meet income eligibility guidelines and some programs are only available to homeless individuals and families.

What Housing Programs and Services are Available?

The Community Residence Program provides nine independent living apartments that are owned by Ravenwood. The apartments are located in the Chardon, Middlefield and Huntsburg communities. Most apartments are designed to be a shared housing arrangement with a housemate. Each tenant has their own private bedroom and shares the common areas of the apartment. Rents are established at 35% of income up to the Fair Market Rent. The Community Residence Program is designed to provide a natural community experience for the participants.

The Shelter Plus Care Program provides a permanent rent subsidy to homeless persons with a mental health disability. Participants may live in the Geauga community of their choice and enter into a standard tenant/landlord lease with a private landlord. Rents are established at 30% of the participant’s income. The Shelter Plus Care Program is designed to provide permanent, safe and affordable housing in conjunction with supportive mental health services.

The Geauga Independent Apartments, also known as the Supportive Housing Program, opened in 2014. The apartments are owned by the Geauga County Board of Mental Health & Recovery Services and managed by Ravenwood. The program offers the participant permanent subsidized housing in conjunction with supportive mental health services and can serve 8 individuals and 2 families. Participants must have a severe and persistent mental illness, meet income guidelines and be homeless coming into the program. Tenants enter into a standard tenant/landlord lease and rent subsidies are based on 30% of household income. The Supportive Housing Program is designed to provide permanent, safe and affordable housing in conjunction with supportive mental health services. Participants of this program received additional support of one full time, on-site Housing staff who is available to the participants throughout the week.

The Housing Services Program also offers housing Information and Referral. Staff can help link Geauga residents with mental health disabilities to local resources that may be able to provide assistance with emergency shelter and homeless prevention assistance. For information contact the Housing Services office at 440-632-5355.

What is the Application Process?

Applications for Ravenwood’s housing programs may be obtained through any Ravenwood service provider, by contacting the Housing Services office, or by downloading the Housing Services Application here. Once completed, applications may be faxed to 440-632-5277, mailed to P.O. Box 246, Middlefield, OH 44062, or brought to the Housing Services office located at 16030 E. High St., Middlefield, OH.

Funding Sources
Geauga County Board of Mental Health & Recovery Services
Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services
Ohio Development Services Agency
U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development