Milwaukee County Supportive Housing was created to assist individuals who have mental illness in obtaining safe and affordable housing. In 2006, the Milwaukee Journal highlighted deplorable conditions individuals who had mental illness had been residing in. Our Space played a significant role in the development and opening of the first Supportive Housing facility in 2008. Since 2008, there are over 700 permanent supportive housing units throughout Milwaukee County to include permanent supportive housing, transitional and harm reduction housing using the Housing First model.

Currently, Our Space provides services for Empowerment Villages–Lincoln Apartments, Empowerment Village-National Apartments, Fardale Apartments, Farwell Studio Apartments, and Highland Commons supportive apartment’s facilities. We also provide peer support services at the Thurgood Marshall Apartments, Pathways to Permanent Housing, and Unison/Set Ministry scattered housing.

All referrals are screened and approved by Milwaukee County and come directly from Milwaukee County. If interested contact Milwaukee County Housing Division at (414) 278-4894.

 

Supportive Apartments Model

Supportive housing provides affordable housing and wrapped around services to those affected by mental illness. These wrapped services include case management, nursing, therapy, peer support, and other supportive services which assists them in maintaining stable housing. Supportive housing reduces utilization of emergency services and provides resident with a stable, safe, and affordable place to live.

Our Space provides daily supportive services:

  • Peer Support
  • Education, wellness, and support Groups
  • Other activity groups
  • One-on-one support
  • Community integration
  • Provide resources

 

Housing First Model – Addressing Homelessness

Housing First is based on the concept homeless individuals and or families primary needs must be met first before addressing other issues. Once they obtain stable and or permanent housing wrapped services are provided such as mental and physical health, substance abuse, education and employment. This will allow the individual to begin to rebuild their lives. This program is based off a harm reduction principle.

Our Space provides daily supportive services:

  • Peer Support
  • Education, wellness, and support Groups
  • Other activity groups
  • Community integration
  • Provide resources