Five of our properties deliver supportive services that benefit individuals with mental illness: Highland Commons, Empowerment Village-Lincoln, Empowerment Village-National, Farwell Studio Apartments and United House are the first projects we have created built of this nature, and they have since received multiple awards. Most recently, HUD named Highland Commons the 2015 HUD Secretary’s Award for Healthy Homes recipient.
Our model has seen high success rates: There is consistently high occupancy, and the accessibility of services yields many benefits to a population at risk for experiencing homelessness, police encounters, and emergency hospitalizations.
"Luis grew up in Milwaukee, and after a short time in Florida, he returned here. Moving to Empowerment Village-National gave him access to his Transitional Living Services caseworker, his dedicated peer specialist, and all the help they provide him in managing his mental health issues. It also enabled him to join existing friends already living here and the opportunity to make new friends. He notes that he's close to his relatives, but that he also enjoys the "peaceful" atmosphere and benefits of being able to live independently."