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