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Permanent Supportive Housing

What is it?

Ability1st works with collaborative partners such as Big Bend Continuum of Care (BBCOC), as an Access Point provider for people experiencing housing crisis. As a provider, we conduct a coordinated assessment to screen for eligibility and provide information and referrals as needed. Ability1st does not provide emergency housing or shelter services.

A Place Called Home (APCH) and A Place Called Home for Families (APCHF) are permanent supportive housing programs designed to assist eligible Consumers with long-term leasing or rental assistance. In addition, consumers also receive other supportive services, such as life skills development.

Who is it for?

Individuals and families with disabilities experiencing chronic homelessness may be considered for APCH and APCHF permanent supportive housing programs.

How does it help?

The goal is to help our Consumers in permanent supportive housing live independently and empower them to improve their quality of life. We reach consumers where they are, not only helping them secure and maintain housing but preparing them to achieve successful independence where they are no longer in need of services. Their independent living plan may include attaining education goals, budgeting to buy a car, negotiating leases with landlords, and addressing the barriers that hinder them from thriving.

How to apply?

As an Access Point provider, Ability1st receives referrals for permanent supportive housing from BBCOC. Individuals and families referred will have already been assessed for eligibility and vulnerability, prioritized for housing through a coordinated entry process.

For more information about our APCH and APCHF permanent supportive housing programs, contact our Housing Services Manager at kimberlydavis@ability1st.info.

Who Is Ability1st?

In short, we are a community-based organization offering support services, advocacy, and information to empower people with disabilities to live independently. Ability1st is operated and governed by people with disabilities for people with disabilities.

The goal of all Centers for Independent Living is to empower people with disabilities to take charge of their lives and guide their own destinies. We are a community-based non profit organization that provides services to people with varying disabilities in Leon, Jefferson, Madison, Taylor, Gadsden, and Wakulla counties.

Our Mission

Ability1st, the Center for Independent Living of North Florida, is a community-based nonprofit organization that provides services to persons with varying disabilities. Our mission is to empower people with disabilities to live independently and enhance their quality of life.

Contact Us

1823 Buford Court
Tallahassee, Florida 32308
Phone: (850) 575-9621
Fax: (850) 575-5740
E-mail: contact@ability1st.info

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