Wicked Problem Description:
The lack of coordinated and effective policies and processes to ensure that homeless (high-risk) individuals living with mental illness are assigned appropriate subsidized housing and subsequently get the follow-up and sustained support they need to live and thrive in health and peace with their neighbors.
- Utilize the community health care workers (CHWs) modality and establish training sites for community stakeholders and concerned residents within housing to become CHWs. CHWs will be embedded in subsidized housing complexes to support the high-risk residents living with mental health issues.
- Partner with community agencies that utilize the housing-first model (to address homelessness) and establish procedures/protocol to ensure that they are assigned to a place where HELP is embedded.
- Establish and maintain an effective working relationship between subsidized housing staff and community-based resources, providing meaningful, ongoing support for the HELP clients.
- Utilize the partnership between the Buncombe County Veterans Treatment Court (28th Judicial District) and ABIPA/HELP to provide holistic support for justice-involved veterans as they transition to permanent housing. Work to address the high-risk veteran’s social determinants of health through the use of CHWs.