Community Alternatives for Supportive Abodes

Rating: 4.9 stars   10 reviews

Issues: Mental Health, Homeless & Housing, Human Services

Location: P O Box 12545 Raleigh NC 27605 USA

Mission: CASA believes that people with disabilities and individuals of low wealth who have the ability to live independently in the community should be able to. CASA works to provide affordable housing in concert with supportive services that make this possible.
Results: 83% of CASA's long-term tenants (tenants who have been with CASA for at least 12 months) continue to remain stably housed each year.
Target demographics: CASA focuses on the hardest to house and only charges 30% of a person's income for rent. The majority of CASA's units are for people who have a disability and/or who have been previously homeless.
Direct beneficiaries per year: Citizens in the community of low wealth, who may have a disability, who may have been homeless.

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Rating: 5 stars  

What is the first item of business when you arrive at a new campsite? You pitch your tent. It is hard to imagine eating, drinking, bathing, etc., without doing that first. One of my parents and many of my patients would have enjoyed healthier lifestyles, if they could have first established a safe home. CASA helps homeless or disabled persons find safe, affordable housing. A seasoned, sensitive, and client-centered administrative staff requires only a small proportion of the operating budget to draw down federal, state, county and city grants and funds to develop and maintain properties that provide affordable, safe homes.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I have seen our clients survive and thrive. I have seen our administrative staff members grow in skill and glow with success. I have seen our US senator, some state legislators, many county commissioners, city council members and mayor understand our pivotal role in leveraging dollars from many sources to serve our local needs.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

redouble my efforts to find capable and energetic board members to rotate into the vacancies caused by term limits.

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Rating: 5 stars  

It has been my privilege to serve on the CASA board and to see firsthand what a fantastic job the CASA staff does and the enthusiasm and dedication they bring to each project and each client. This starts at the top with Executive Director, Debra King, but all of CASA's executive staff is exceedingly professional, motivated, and efficient.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

CASA has placed two of my referrals into splendid housing accomodations. The first was a mentally-disabled veteran doing part-time janitorial work and approaching retirement age, who had been living out of his car or a storage building. The second was a 45 year old father of 4 who has never held a steady job or had a stable living environment, despite having a wonderful work ethic. CASA truly helped these people, and it gives me great pride and satisfaction to have played a small part in the process.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I wouldn't change anything.

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Rating: 5 stars  

In NC, CASA stands head and shoulders above any other provider of decent safe and affordable housing for people who have serious and persistent mental illness. They've been doing this work with marked success in Wake County for more than twenty years. In recent years they've expanded to Durham and Orange counties. As the parent of a son who has serious mental illness, and as President of the NAMI organization in Durham county, I have a lot of insight as to the pervasive need for stable community-based housing for this population. More than any organization I know in the state, CASA sets the standard for developing and maintaining housing for the subset of local citizens whose lives have been deeply affected by the onset of schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, schizoaffective disorder and many other serious mental illnesses. God bless 'em!

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CASA has done property management for our little non-profit. We are so small that we have no employees at all. CASA staff have vast expertise in the management of housing for people who have serious and persistent mental illness.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

spread their expertise across the state. What they do is needed in all 100 counties of NC. And many of our rural counties are essentially bereft of housing that serves this need.

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Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 5 stars  

Developer and landlord for people who are homeless and disabled. Consumer friendly....places the client's needs first.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Housing of persons with criminal histories and poor credit ratings.....given a 2nd chance.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Advocate for and hire support staff/case managers to work directly with the consumers.

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Rating: 5 stars  

CASA is a well managed origanization. The Executive Director, Debra King, has the right balance of fiscal responsibility and accomplishment of mission goals. She is a great leader who's enthusiasm and team spirit creates a work environment of dedicated staff members.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Seeing lives of residents changed

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Duplicate it

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Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 4 stars  

CASA is a leader in providing housing for persons with disabilities. Their expertise in this area is exceptional for the partnerships they have developed; the quality of their design; and the services that provide stabiilty for persons who could easily fall through the cracks. CASA has led the way in addressing the gaps in the safety net by seeing that persons with disabilities have good, quality and affordable housing.

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The number of units provided has substantially increased. CASA has provided job training and quality housing units across the city

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Facilitate the construction a little quicker - but often this is outside the control of the organization

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Rating: 5 stars  

CASA assistance allowed me to get my life back. It allowed me to move from homelessness to being self sufficant by assisting me with housing.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Permanant Housing

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I would not make changes> I would advocate for additional funding as so CASA could expand it permanant housing base.

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Rating: 5 stars  

CASA assistance allowed me to get my life back. It allowed me to move from homelessness to being self sufficant by assisting me with housing.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Permanant Housing

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I would not make changes> I would advocate for additional funding as so CASA could expand it permanant housing base.

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Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 5 stars  

CASA is the premier housing developer for persons with disabilities in Wake County, NC. Our agency operates a shelter for women who are homeless, most of whom have some form of mental illness, substance addiction or a combination of both. CASA consistently works with our case managers to make suitable housing available for our clients in need of supportive housing. The positive relationship we have had with CASA goes back for more than 15 years. Without CASA, our community would be at a loss for supportive housing.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

The placement and successful housing of our clients moving from a homeless shelter to permanent housing.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Help it grow.

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Rating: 5 stars  

In my limited time as a board member, I have had the pleasure of touring several of the existing housing projects as well as meet a few of the clients served by CASA. I was thoroughly impressed with the quality of the projects, as well as the vision and compassion of the staff but most importantly, I was in awe of the gratitude and happiness expressed by the residents on the tour.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Toured the properties, met the clients and play a part in helping guide future projects.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Find a way to generate more funds for staff to develop and provide more help to those who need it.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Likely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

How did you learn about this organization?

Via childhood acquaintance

What is this organization's top short-term priority?

Getting shelter to those in need

What is its top priority in the long run?

Getting those in need back on their feet and independent again

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

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