Housing Options

Below you will find different categories of housing options. We have provided a brief explanation of each housing option.

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Supervised Group Housing
offers on-site, 24-hour care. Also referred to as a Supportive Living Facility (SLF), Boarding House, or Halfway House. These homes are licensed by the State of Tennessee Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services Office of Licensure or other state licensure entity (as indicated) and will have staff on-site, 24 hours a day, every day, to assist you with your living needs. The number of people living in this type of home and the number occupying each bedroom may vary depending on many factors. Be sure to ask questions that you have about a specific site.
Example: Multi-person Supportive Living Facility
 
What to Expect from Supervised Group Housing
This type of housing provides the most care for its residents. Residents generally share a room with at least one other person. These facilities need to be licensed by the state. The license must be posted in the facility for the public to view. The license requires that the facility provide safe and clean conditions in which to live. Residents have their own bed, dresser, and closet space. Bathrooms and common areas are shared.
  • provides 24-hour supervision and assistance
  • provides assistance in performing basic daily living skills
  • assists with medication
  • provides food and meals (no less than three meals per day)
  • assists with paying bills and managing money
  • other residents and house managers help to ease loneliness
  • assists with making doctor’s appointments and usually assists with transportation
  • residents are often encouraged to participate in day programs

Partially Supervised Group Housing
Staff on-site only as needed. Also referred to as a Supportive Living Facility (SLF), Boarding House or Halfway House. These homes are not licensed. Individuals considering this type of housing should have adequate life skills to function well with very little supervision or assistance. The number of people living in this type of home and the number occupying each bedroom may vary depending on many factors. Be sure to ask questions that you have about a specific site.
Example: Multi-person Group Home AND/OR Residential
 
What to Expect from Partially Supervised Group Housing
This type of housing provides support for its residents, but staff is not there 24 hours a day. Residents can be left alone for several hours and are able to call for help if needed. Generally, residents share a room with at least one other person.
  • provides minimal supervision and assistance
  • daily living skills are performed independently or semi-independently
  • most residents help with cooking and cleaning
  • residents are usually encouraged to participate in a day program or hold a part-time job
  • other residents help to ease loneliness
 
Independent Congregate Housing
w/ no on-site, 24-hour care.
Example: Group Homes
 
What to Expect from Independent Congregate Housing
This type of housing provides the least amount of assistance. Residents are left alone for large amounts of time. However, there is usually someone they can call for assistance. Some houses will have residents sharing a room; others will not.
  • Residents are able to live fairly independently.
  • Residents are able to call someone if a problem arises.
  • Other residents help to ease loneliness.
 
Rental Housing - Home or Apartment
Subsidized or Independent funds
Example: Private market, Public and Non-Profit Housing
 
What to Expect from Rental Housing
This type of housing is for someone who is completely independent. Tenants are able to care for all their basic needs. Representative payees and caseworkers can still be a vital part of the tenant’s life.
  • Residents are able to live independently.
  • Resident may pay own bills or have a representative payee.
  • Resident has own space and privacy.
  • Resident is responsible for cleaning home.
  • Resident can take medications and cook for self.
  • Resident may have a caseworker to assist with making doctor’s appointments and arranging transportation.
  • Resident will call landlord for repairs.
  • Resident has custody of children or is seeking custody of children.
  • Resident may be active in day programs or has a job.
     
Home Ownership
Example: Permanent homes or condominiums

What to Expect from Home Ownership
Owner is able to live completely independent. The owner has all the responsibilities of day to day living and then all of the responsibilities of caring for and maintaining the home.
  • Homeowner is able to live independently.
  • Homeowner is able to care for a home (clean home, maintain yard, complete home repairs) or pay someone to assist them.
  • Homeowner is willing to stay in one location for longer periods of time than a renter.
  • Homeowners handle their bills and money themselves.
  • Homeowners have custody of their children or are seeking custody.
  • Homeowners should have a steady job or income; income can be Social Security Disability.
  • Homeowners are able to maintain taxes and insurance on home.
  • Homeowners must seek out social interaction and be willing to stay active in the community. Homeowners may still participate in day programs, but if not, needs to be willing to stay socially active.
  • Homeowners must know where main cutoff valves for water and gas are and know how to disconnect electric incase of emergency or repairs.
  • Homeowners set aside funds for emergencies (about 5% of monthly income).