WUNC‘s daily public affairs show, The State of Things, took a look at the adult care home issue today in the B segment of the show. I appeared on the show along with Bob Currie, the Director of Housing and Homeless Services for the Tennessee Dept of Mental Health.
We had the opportunity to expand a little more on just how Tennessee has managed to turn a little bit of money into 9800 housing options for people with mental health problems – the key is local control. The state provides grants to mental health agencies around the state to hire housing ‘facilitators’ who help local service providers create housing they need to better serve their area. Those housing facilitators assemble the financing needed to create housing units – the money comes from local foundations, local banks, the Federal Home Loan Bank of Cincinnati grants, the Tennessee Housing Development Agency, etc, etc. They’ve always got their ears to the ground to find money and prospective properties that can be turned into housing for people with disabilities.
Take a listen here (17 mins):