Front St. Supported Housing

The Front St. Housing Support Team (HSTeam), in collaboration with the Front St. Housing Management Department, provide mental health support services and assistance with property management with a focus on skill development, symptom management, wellness and recovery.

The program opened in 1994 in response to a significant shortage in housing for mental health consumers who had successfully completed a social rehabilitation program. Individuals who had gained the skills necessary to live in their own apartments or shared housing units faced a number of obstacles preventing them from actually doing so, including a lack of psychotherapeutic support to maintain themselves in community housing, a lack of available affordable housing, and insufficient funds for first and last months’ rent and difficulties maintaining landlord-tenant relationships.

Housing Support Team services are guided by the principal that individuals with serious mental illness can live successfully in integrated community settings when individualized supports and services are provided. Services foster and promote the values of recovery and resiliency through an emphasis on a strength-based approach while addressing consumers’ physical, mental, and emotional needs in an integrated and culturally competent manner.

Front St. Inc.’s Director of Community Services (an Occupational Therapist) supervises the Housing Support Team which includes Housing Support Coordinators and a full time nurse. The team provides ongoing case coordination, medication support, occupational therapy, and assessment and selection of tenants. Other core functions include skills building, outreach to engage clients in services, assessing individual needs, arranging support services (such as money management, benefit programs, and job training), monitoring medication and use of services, and advocating for client rights and entitlements.

The Housing Management Department is responsible for locating, leasing and managing property. The Housing Manager interfaces between the residents, property owners, the Housing Authority and other sources of rental subsidy. Staff coordinates and oversees building maintenance issues to ensure the health, safety and overall well-being of the residents.

Supported Housing units are located throughout the County of Santa Cruz. All tenants living in supported housing units are consumers within the Santa Cruz County Mental Health System of Care. Most of the units are shared and range from one to three bedroom units.

The Housing Support Program maintains office hours from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday.

The Housing Support Team is located at:
303 Potrero St.
Suite 42-102,
Santa Cruz, CA 95060

The Housing Management Team is located at:
303 Potrero St.
Suite 42-101,
Santa Cruz, CA 95060

Additional housing support services are provided collaboratively by:

  • providing nursing services with the Santa Cruz County MOST Team
  • providing case management at the Resetar in Watsonville

The Maintaining Ongoing Stability through Treatment (MOST) Team is a Forensic Assertive Community Treatment program (FACT) that combines an evidence-based program of wrap around mental health services inclusive of case management, psychiatry, psychotherapy and employment skill development with additional supports specific to the criminal justice system involvement such as probation, court discharge planning and disposition, liaison relations with law enforcement and jail correctional staff. Front St. Inc. provides nursing support on the MOST team, including educating clients on their medications, assisting clients to manage their own medications, and providing injections.

The Resetar Residential Hotel is a 90 unit development located at 15 West Lake Avenue in Watsonville. The Resetar is a permanent supportive housing site, meant for individuals and families that have multiple housing barriers including previous homelessness, physical disabilities, mental health disabilities, educational disparities and drug and alcohol histories. Front St. Inc. provides on-site case management services at the Resetar, which includes life-skills development, money management training, community engagement activities, connection to mainstream benefits and assistance in maintaining housing and successfully living independently.

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