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December 20, 2018

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Boulder County, partners awarded five-year, $2.4 million SAMHSA grant to provide supportive services to individuals exiting homelessness

Services will be implemented by Mental Health Partners in conjunction with the Boulder County Community Services Department

Boulder County, Colo. - Homeless Solutions for Boulder County (HSBC) has been awarded a 5-year, $2.4 million grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) to fund services that help chronically homeless individuals obtain and maintain stable housing. These services, to be implemented by Mental Health Partners (MHP) in conjunction with the Boulder County Community Services Department, include case management, housing navigation, and behavioral health treatment. The project, known as Boulder County Pathways to Housing Stability, will leverage these supports by connecting them to existing resources for rental assistance to create new permanent supportive housing opportunities for individuals with long histories of homelessness and behavioral health needs.

“We know that housing ends homelessness, but oftentimes simply putting a roof over someone’s head is not enough to keep our most vulnerable individuals housed for the long term,” said Jennifer Biess, Boulder County’s Homeless Services Systems Manager. “For those who have been without a home for long periods and who may struggle with behavioral health issues, additional supports can help them navigate the transition to housing and use that home as a platform to improve their wellbeing in other ways. The services made available through this new grant will help provide that support. HSBC and all of our partners have been pursuing a variety of federal and state funding opportunities to create more supportive housing in the county. This SAMHSA grant is one very important example of our coordinated efforts.”

MHP has more than 50 years’ experience providing mental health and addiction recovery care in Boulder and Broomfield counties. “Mental Health Partners is thankful to receive funding from the grant, which will help us close a critical gap regarding personnel who serve our housing stability efforts. Funding will contribute to expenses related to MHP case managers, navigators, and supervisors,” said Kristina Shaw, MHP’s Public Information Officer. “At MHP, we believe stable housing is an important factor for individuals seeking mental health care and are committed to continuing to integrate this supportive service in our continuum of behavioral health and addiction recovery care.”

Homeless Solutions for Boulder County (HSBC) is a collaboration among service providers and local government entities that provides adults experiencing homelessness with targeted, responsive services to support quick, stable housing solutions. HSBC aims to prioritize resources to Boulder County residents and those with the greatest needs. For more information about Homeless Solutions for Boulder County visit the website at bit.ly/BoCoHomeless.