Located in the Highland area, BRIDGES is a ten-bed “safe haven” designed for the mentally ill homeless, who are unwilling or unable to participate in mental health programs and community-based services. For those who have been living on the streets with a mental illness, the transition to permanent housing can be a shock. BRIDGES provides a small, highly supportive environment where an individual can find shelter and be subject to relatively few service demands. Eventually, once clients become comfortable and are engaged by staff and other program participants, they can participate in mental health, substance abuse and other treatment and supportive services.
Located across the street from Virginia Place, Cross Roads II is a HUD, LHFA, and City of Shreveport funded supportive housing program. It provides permanent housing for 16 homeless individuals diagnosed with chronic mental illness.
A nine bed facility across from BRIDGES, REACH serves the most intractable of the homeless population. These clients are diagnosed with co-occurring disorders: 1) a mental illness, and 2) substance abuse such as drug use or alcoholism. Once at REACH, clients progress through a two-year, individualized program with four goals: abstinence from substance abuse, mental health stability, permanent housing, and attainment of entitlements and employment. The program also encourages clients to create their own personal goals – a crucial step toward independence.
As Northwest Louisiana's Family Resource Center, PORTALS serves the families of abused and neglected children referred by the Department of Children and Family Services (see DCFS website here), foster families, and families referred by Families in Need of Services, or FINS (see FINS website here). PORTALS operates with two goals: to increase family stability and to reduce incidents of child abuse or neglect. To families, CSP offers parenting and anger management classes, and anger management is provided to youths referred by Families in Need of Services (FINS). If clients require services not offered by CSP, such as domestic violence counseling or psychotherapy, CSP coordinates with OCS and FINS to ensure that the client gains access to a comprehensive range of services.
Community Support Programs, Inc. realizes the importance of providing a continuum of care to our mental health clients. An essential part of that continuum is transportation. Through a grant from the Office of Behavioral Health, CSP offers transportation to mental health clinics for clients referred from the Office of Behavioral Health. Our three seven-passenger vans enable us to offer this critical service to both our rural and urban clients.
CONTRACT CLINIC SERVICES
In order to ensure continued access to behavioral health services to the targeted population of the Office of Behavioral Health (OBH), Community Support Programs, Inc. is the fiscal administrator through a social service grant from OBH to provide personnel who will perform program management, administrative services and behavioral health clinical services in three rural Community Behavioral Health Centers in Region VII that serve Mansfield, Many and Red River Behavioral Health Clinics.
CSP HOUSING INITIATIVES
On behalf of the Department of Housing and Urban Development, CSP manages fifty-eight Housing Choice Vouchers for the disabled (see HUD website here). These Section 8 vouchers allow individuals and families, all of whom would struggle to pay for housing on their own, to reside in safe, decent, affordable housing with rent support.
Community Housing Development Organization
Ccertified as a CHDO with the Louisiana Housing Finance Agency and the City of Shreveport to build apartments and homes. To date, CSP has helped develop over twenty-five apartment complexes and single family developments for low-income and disabled residents throughout Shreveport-Bossier and northwest Louisiana.
The Hearthstone program utilizes funds from Shreveport’s Community Development Department to build houses for families with an income at or below 80% of the state median (see the CDD website). Once families complete homebuyer classes, City funds buy down a portion of the mortgage, allowing these families to live in safe, affordable housing in neighborhoods targeted by the city.