In partnership with Alliance Health, Cumberland County, Cape Fear Valley Behavioral Health Care, RI International, and other community stakeholders, RHD is pleased to offer Cumberland County Bridge Housing.
This program will operate according to the principles of the Housing First Model, designed to help participants secure permanent housing as the primary goal. Other goals include obtaining medical and dental care, addressing mental health barriers, earning income, securing entitlements and benefits, and acquiring knowledge/skills related to the Social Determinants of Health through intensive case management, community-based training, and other service offerings.
Cumberland County Bridge Housing consists of six locations, five of which are three-bedroom homes for participant housing. Each participant will have their own private bedroom as well as a shared full kitchen and living room space. Participants may stay for up to five months while they gain the necessary skills to move to a more independent, long-term housing option of their choice. Participants do not pay rent or program fees but are expected to engage in services and utilize available resources to secure permanent housing during their stay.
In addition to providing an opportunity for program participants to obtain permanent housing and achieve their personal goals, there are many secondary benefits for our local community. We are very optimistic about the program’s potential for success! RHD’s previous Bridge Housing program helped 42 Wake County participants move into permanent housing in their chosen communities in just over two years.