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Permanent Supportive Housing

Service Access and Management, Inc. consumers have the option of applying for tenancy in a permanent supportive housing apartment. Some apartments are reserved for certain target populations while other apartments are available to any SAM consumer. Tenants may remain in these apartments for an unlimited amount of time. A number of professional supports are available to tenants but these supports are not required for tenancy.

All applicants are promptly screened by a committee of professionals and referred to landlords through a process that is managed by the SAM, Inc. Housing Coordinator.

Permanent supportive housing apartments are available in a variety of locations throughout the City of Pottsville.

For additional information, please contact SAM, Inc.’s Housing Coordinator at 570-621-2700.

PATH (Projects for Assistance in Transition from Homelessness)

A full time PATH case manager is available to assist individuals who have a mental health illness and are homeless or at risk of homelessness. Individuals who need assistance are not required to have written documentation of a mental health illness in-hand during the intake process. Assistance may be provided to individuals who have written documentation of a mental health illness or who initially self-disclose a past or current mental health illness. However, all PATH enrolees will eventually need to provide proof of a mental health illness.

Two types of assistance are provided – support services and financial assistance. Individuals who have a mental health illness and are homeless or at risk of homelessness may be eligible to receive financial assistance through PATH. Financial assistance is provided in a variety of ways including payments for first month's rent, apartment security deposit payments and the provision of basic household supplies, as needed. The PATH case manager provides a wide range of support services including helping individuals secure pertinent documents, connecting individuals with available support services and representing individuals at meetings with agencies, landlords and other entities. The PATH case manager also serves as a “point of contact” for the two county housing authorities.

For additional information, please contact SAM's PATH case manager at 570-621-2700.

Housing Contingency

Housing Contingency provides financial assistance for consumers in the priority population who have CCBH insurance and who are in a housing crisis. Housing Contingency supports individuals who are enrolled in SAM, Inc. and have a case manager. When a SAM consumer is homeless or at risk of homelessness, Housing Contingency monies may be used in helping that consumer secure an apartment.

If the team of professionals who are working with the consumer determine that the consumer needs assistance to move into an apartment, and that the consumer can then later pay his/her own housing expenses, then Housing Contingency becomes an option. Contingency funds are limited but may be applied to first month’s rent, a security deposit, household needs and other unique needs. Decisions are expedited and are consistent based on the oversight of the Housing Coordinator.

For additional information, please contact SAM's Housing Coordinator at 570-621-2700.

Supportive Services for Veterans Families  (SSVF)

SAM, Inc. works in partnership with Opportunity House to provide housing assistance to Veterans and their families in Schuylkill and Berks counties. The Supportive Services for Veterans Families grant provides staff and funding to assist Veterans and their families when confronted with housing issues. An eligible participant must be a Veteran or a member of a family where the head of household or spouse of the head of household is a Veteran. The household income cannot exceed 50% of the area median income. The enrollee must also have a military discharge of anything other than “dishonourable” and have one active day of service. Participants must either be homeless or at risk of homelessness.

SAM, Inc.’s specific role is to provide referrals and assistance to Veterans and their families who reside in Schuylkill County. SAM, Inc. provides these services through our Housing Coordinator in partnership with Opportunity House staff who are involved in the Supportive Services for Veterans Families grant.  This assistance may include, but is not limited to, intensive case management, rental assistance in the form of security deposits, first month’s rent or payments of arrears, moving expenses, basic household necessities, child care expenses and assistance with utility payments.  All assistance is tailored to the individual’s specific needs.

For additional information, please contact SAM's Housing Coordinator at 570-621-2700.

Transition Age Youth (TAY) Housing Project

The goal of the Transition Age Youth (TAY) Housing Project is to assist transitional age youth (ages 18 through 25) in securing permanent housing.

The enrollment requirements of the program are: consumers need to be active with SAM, Inc., affected by a major mental health disorder (priority population), be in need of securing permanent housing and need to have the ability to be able to move toward becoming independent. Those TAY who become enrolled are eligible to receive:

  1. Rental Assistance
  2. Security Deposits
  3. Furniture
  4. Household Supplies
  5. Monies to Secure Proper Identification Docs
  6. Any other expenses deemed appropriate by the TAY Committee

TAY referrals will need to be approved by the TAY Committee before receiving funding. Additional funding will also need to be approved by the TAY Committee.

For additional information, please contact SAM's Housing Coordinator at 570-621-2700.

Motel Vouchers

In certain cases, emergency short term housing is needed for individuals who have a mental health illness, or who are thought to have a mental health illness, and are homeless. Because there is limited emergency homeless resources available in Schuylkill County, SAM, Inc. provides assistance for individuals who have a mental health illness, or who are thought to have a mental health illness, and are homeless by providing motel vouchers. Vouchers are short term solutions and are usually limited to one or two nights. While residing in a motel with an emergency voucher, SAM, Inc. staff quickly respond to the individual’s housing needs and work to move that individual into a more stable housing environment.

For additional information, please contact SAM's Housing Coordinator at 570-621-2700.