Community Alternatives for Supportive Abodes
November 24, 2010
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.
Ways to make it better...
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.
Volunteer & I am the President of the board for a small housing provider in Durham County. Have served in this capacity since 2001.