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Cooperative housing (called “co-ops”) are independent community living settings. They are houses where residents rent single or double occupancy rooms and share common areas like kitchen, living room, dining room and bathrooms. Residents are expected to share in household duties, are responsible for following the lease and lease addendum. Skills training groups are offered at each co-op and all residents are encouraged, but not required, to attend. These houses do not have 24-hour staff supervision. Leases: Month-to-Month with Community Rules. Rent: Single occupancy rooms vary between $335 – 350/month. Double occupancy rooms are $285 - 335/month. There is a non-refundable move-in fee of $200. Rent includes all bills paid, cable and local phone access.
In order to qualify for this type of housing, applicants must be current consumers of Integral Care with a chronic mental illness, demonstrate sufficient income to pay monthly rent and be able to live independently as well as get along with others. All residents must also pass a criminal background check – exclusions include, but are not limited to, sexual crimes, felony drug use (in particular, distribution), capital crimes (murder, extensive fraud, etc.) and domestic violence.
Case managers and consumers are encouraged to call or e-mail and request placement on the referral list. Placement on the referral list is not a guarantee of housing. The referral list stays open and consumers will be added as referrals are received. Consumers at the top of the list will be screened and assessed for eligibility criteria, desire and ability to live in co-op environment. Consumers will be placed as rooms become available.