Missouri Department of Mental Health Housing Unit

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Homeless Youth Video

This video was created by students at Lafayette, Benton and Central High Schools in St. Joseph, Missouri, in 2011 with funding and assistance from the Heartland Foundation and the 5th Circuit Juvenile Office. It paints an honest and uncompromising picture of teenage homelessness as related directly by homeless students who used cameras to record their own situations and feelings. Many thanks to the Heartland Foundation for providing a link to this work.

Mission

The mission of the Department of Mental Health's Housing Unit is to assist Missourians challenged by mental illnesses, substance abuse/addictions and developmental disabilities in obtaining and maintaining safe, decent and affordable housing options that best meet their individual and family needs. The DMH Housing Unit believes that housing is a key to helping Missourians with disabilities and their families attain self-determination and independent living.

Vision

All Missourians challenged by mental illnesses, substance abuse/addictions and developmental disabilities have housing options that are affordable and accessible, integrated into communities, and provide real choice.

What We Do

DMH Housing works to abolish homelessness in Missouri by collaborating with DMH's Division of Behavioral Health and Division of Developmental Disabilities to provide rental assistance to homeless mental health services consumers and those at risk of homelessness, using both federal and state funds. We also make efforts to expand housing options for all mental health services consumers in the state; and to assist in creating vital partnerships between housing developers and non-profit agencies in the development of affordable rental units statewide.

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