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  • Community Housing and Shelters

    Community housing or shelters address the desires, goals, strengths, abilities, needs, health, safety, and life span issues of the persons served, regardless of the type of housing in which they live and/or the scope, duration, and intensity of the services they receive. The residences in which services are provided may be owned, rented, leased, or operated directly by the organization or a third party, such as a governmental entity. Providers exercise control over these sites.

    Community housing or shelters are provided in partnership with individuals and may include housing for family members as well as the child/youth served. The services are designed to assist the persons served to achieve success in and satisfaction with community living. These programs may provide reunification services with the children/youth served and their families. They may be temporary or long term in nature. The services are focused on home and community integration and engagement in productive activities. Community housing enhances the independence, dignity, personal choice, and privacy of the persons served. For persons in alcohol and other drug programs, these services are focused on providing sober living environments to increase the likelihood of sobriety and abstinence and to decrease the potential for relapse.

    Community housing or shelter programs may be referred to as runaway or youth shelters, domestic violence or homeless shelters, safe houses, youth intensive stabilization homes, intake shelters, supervised independent living, maternity homes, halfway houses, or recovery homes. These programs may be located in rural or urban settings and in houses, apartments, townhouses, or congregate or other residential facilities. These residences are often physically integrated into the community, and every effort is made to ensure that they approximate other homes in their neighborhoods in terms of size and number of residents.

    Community housing may include:

    • Temporary shelters or emergency residences.
    • Transitional living that provides interim supports and services for youth aging out of child welfare services, persons who are at risk of institutional placement, persons transitioning from institutional settings, or persons who are homeless.
    • Long-term housing that provides stable, supported community living or assists the persons served to obtain and maintain safe, affordable, accessible, and stable housing.

    The residences at which community housing services are provided must be identified in the Intent to Survey. These sites will be visited during the survey process and identified in the survey report and accreditation outcome as a site at which the organization provides a community housing program.

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