Community Model for Homeless People With Mental Illness
The Community Model was developed to assist the homeless mentally ill overcome thee afflictions through a symptom of "high-tolerance" and strong supports.
In February 2001, through a grant from The California Endowment (TCE), a collaborative of community-based organizations in Los Angeles embarked on replicating a unique program, the Community Model, to break the cycle of homelessness for mentally ill adults—the most visible and needy on the street.
The Community Model has been patterned after a highly effective program pioneered by Lamp Community, one of the collaborative members. Located in the Skid Row area of downtown Los Angeles, home to several Single Room Occupancy (SRO) hotels and just blocks from its business district, Lamp Community’s approach has proven worthy of replication and successful in engaging, serving, and housing this hard-to-reach population. (Author)
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