SOLUTIONS for Supportive Homes: Showcasing the Best! Via Zoom! Zoom information will be provided as we get closer!
SOLUTIONS for Supportive Homes is a group of NAMI San Mateo parents working to increase the supply and the quality of affordable permanent supportive homes in our communities.At our NAMI San Mateo 2021 Kickoff General Meeting, we will be showcasing some of the inspiring solutions we’ve discovered.
So many of us have been helping our adult children for decades through their tumultuous journeys with mental illness and mental health care, and so many of us have exhaust-ed our resources doing so. Now in our later years, we are truly worried: where will our adult kids live, and who will help them when we are gone?
We want to close the glaring gap in the continuum of quality mental health care we envision–the dearth of afford-able permanent supportive homes–which is sabotaging the entire health care system, draining public funds, exhausting caregivers, and tragically costing lives.
Members of Solutions for Supportive Homes have been researching successful models for supportive homes across the country, and we’ve found many: purpose built multi-unit buildings with onsite services, shared residences with visiting services, motel conversions and tiny house villages with on-site employment opportunities, clubhouse-affiliated homes, supported scattered-site apartments, parent-funded equity share arrangements, and more. There are links to some of these on our website. We’ve also been building relationships with service providers and actively advocating with our county and state elected officials.
We see that there are many possibilities for developing more homes, but we are told again and again that our efforts to make lasting change will be effective only when our voices are louder and only when we show up and speak up in much larger numbers.We need everyone who cares about this issue to join us.Last year, 69 NAMI San Mateo families responded to our survey in which we asked 3 questions:
Do you have an adult child living with you at home who is not capable of living independently?
51 families answered Yes.
Is your adult child able to provide for their own housing,food, clothing, and other necessities without your help?
66 families answered No.
Do you have the financial resources necessary to ensure that your adult child will have housing and support when you pass away?
56 families answered No.
This means that at least 56 adults–our own kids-are at imminent risk of homelessness when their family care-givers die.We know there are solutions. And yet, only a small group of us is actively working to create them. SOLUTIONS for Supportive Homes absolutely needs EVERY voice.
Please join us. Get in touch with us at and tell us about your needs and your interests and be sure to attend (virtually) our presentation on January 27, 2021. You will be inspired to see what’s possible. Working together,we can ensure our adult kids living with persistent mental illnesses can be safe and cared for and can live with dignity in their home communities.
For more information please email. Carolyn Shepard at JO92048@aol.com or Melinda Henning at email@example.com. SOLUTIONS for Supportive Homes. www.solutionsforsupportivehomes.org
NAMI San Mateo County General Meetings are free and open to the public. We welcome all who support our mission to improve the quality of life for people with mental illness and their families.