Strategies for Success

Exploring Mental Health Housing Options

Along with supportive treatments and medications for schizophrenia or schizoaffective disorder, a safe place to call home is an essential part of the mental health recovery journey and leading a meaningful life in the community.

There are many things to consider when deciding what kind of housing is right for you.


Mental Health Housing Options

You may want to think about:

  • How close is my home to transportation, mental health services, family, and work?
  • Do I like the house and neighborhood? Do I feel safe there?
  • What kind of supportive services are available in the house?
  • Are the rooms private or shared?
  • How much is the rent?
  • What are the visitor and curfew policies?

Once You Have Thought About What You Want and Need, Consider Your Options, Including:

  • Safe havens
    • Entry points to housing that provide shelter for people who are homeless, as well as supportive services, such as case management
  • Group homes
    • Supervised-care facilities that house several residents in shared spaces
    • Usually have on-site staff to support the people who live there
    • Some homes are staffed for 8 hours a day, and others up to 24 hours, depending on the needs of the residents
  • Transitional housing
    • Short-term housing that also offers supportive services for people who need daily-living skills education to prepare them for more independent living
  • Permanent supportive housing
    • More independent housing for people who are able to meet their responsibilities as tenants
    • Allow access to supportive services in the community

Learn more about the housing options available to you by discovering these organizations.

Print out the Making Recovery Decisions worksheet to help you decide what kind of housing may be right for you.

What’s next?

Mental Health Care