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
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.