Housing SupportHousing Services

The Housing Program provides housing assistance to consumers meeting criteria in Oakland County and Jackson/Hillsdale County with emphasis on those who are either homeless or at imminent risk of becoming homeless. Services are provided through a combination of federal, state and local programs. Funding sources include Housing and Urban Development (HUD), the Michigan State Housing Development Authority (MSHDA), the Oakland County Community Mental Health (OCCMH), the Jackson/Hillsdale County Community Mental Health provider LifeWays, and the Department of Community Mental Health (DCH).

TTI's primary Housing Program is located in the Troy branch. Housing services include outreach services, housing search and case management, counseling and acquisition, community-based training, tenant-landlord mediation, and transitional housing (Oakland County).

The housing specialists work directly with case managers, related supports and consumers to identify housing needs and find opportunities that meet those needs. The specialists educate case managers, related supports and consumers on various housing Resources in the community.

Some financial assistance may be available pending eligibility and availability; assistance might include security deposit, rental arreages, moving expenses, etc. TTI does operate housing subsidy programs though space is limited.

TTI also offers a Supportive Services for Veteran Families (SSVF) Program, thanks to a grant from the Department of Veteran Affairs (VA). The program serves homeless veteran families through outreach services, case management services, assistance in obtaining VA benefits, assistance obtaining and coordinating other public benefits provided by federal, state or local agencies, and temporary financial assistance. These supportive services help enhance the housing stability and independent living skills of low income veteran families meeting criteria.

TTI Housing Program staff sit on numerous work groups and committees in the community to ensure service coordination and continuing education.

MICHIGAN STATE HOMELESS MANAGEMENT INFORMATION SYSTMEM (MSHMIS)

TTI does enter data to the Michigan State Homeless Management Information System (MSHMIS). The MSHMIS was developed to meet a data collection requirement mandated by the United States Congress to the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). Congress passed this requirement in order to get a more accurate count of individuals and families who are homeless and to identify the need for and use of different services by those individuals and families. TTI is working to assist the State of Michigan in meeting the goal set by Congress by collecting statistical information on those who use our services and reporting that information to a central data collection system (MSHMIS).

Information gathered is personal and private as TTI ensures data safety at all times. Those in a program requiring MSHMIS data collection do have the right to request their name be entered as “anonymous”; sharing between related agencies using MSHMIS may occur. No one will be denied eligible services if choosing not to share related information in MSHMIS. Please note, even if information is not shared with other agencies or actual personal information is not entered to MSHMIS, TTI must still report some data to the central data collection system due to federal and state programming requirements.

SSI OUTREACH ACCESS AND RECOVERY (SOAR)

The Housing Program employs numerous staff who are SSI Outreach Access and Recovery (SOAR) trained. This national program helps to increase access to SSI/SSDI (Supplemental Security Income and Social Security Disability Insurance) for eligible adults who are homeless or at risk of homelessness and have a mental illness and/or co-occurring substance use disorder. Eligible SOAR candidates must be a current participant in a TTI housing program.

SOAR is a national program funded by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) designed to increase access to SSI/SSDI (Supplemental Security Income and Social Security Disability Insurance) for eligible adults.

Statistics show that many adults who are homeless or at risk of homelessness encounter difficulty completing the SSI/SSDI application process. They often don’t have access to a phone or address, and may have trouble obtaining copies of records and identification. However, SAMHSA reported that under SOAR, disability determination approval rates rose from 37 percent to 60-95 percent on initial applications countrywide. This is due in part to the three-pronged approach of strategic planning, staff training and follow-up support provided by case managers and related TTI staff members.