RI’s Community Building opened in 2002 as a transitional housing program serving people enrolled with the RBHA who were being discharged from hospitals and residential settings. In January 2015, Community Building became a permanent housing first program serving 60 people living with an SMI currently enrolled with the RBHA.
Housing is offered first, and wrap around services are provided to help the person maintain his or her housing. This model has demonstrated a high degree of success at getting people on the road to recovery and integrated more quickly into the community.
All Community Building Team Members are peers in active recovery from substance use, serious mental illness or both challenges. Trained in housing as well as motivational interviewing, stages of change, relapse prevention, trauma informed care and introduction to fair housing, HQS and the landlord tenant act.
100% of individuals entering RI’s Community Building program secured housing, and on average nearly 75% that transition out of the program were stably housed when they exited the program.