Specialized Housing

Programs

Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG)

The Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG) program provides outreach, shelter, rapid re-housing, homelessness prevention and related services to persons experiencing homelessness or persons in danger of becoming homeless throughout the state. This program is specifically designed to be the first step in a continuum of assistance which will enable homeless individuals and families to move toward independent living as well as prevent future homelessness.

Creating Housing Options In Communities for Everyone (CHOICE) Program

A Partnership between Mississippi Home Corporation, Mississippi Department of Mental Health, Mississippi Division of Medicaid, and Mississippi's Community Mental Health Centers. CHOICE provides rental assistance to make housing affordable for individuals with serious mental illness. Community Mental Health Centers provide services appropriate to the individual based on their individual needs.

Housing Opportunities for Persons With Aids (HOPWA)

The Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS (HOPWA) funds may be used for a wide range of housing, social services, program planning, and development costs. These include, but are not limited to, the acquisition; rehabilitation; or new construction of housing units; costs for facility operations; rental assistance; and short-term payments to prevent homelessness. An essential component in providing housing assistance for this targeted special needs population is the coordination and delivery of support services. Consequently, HOPWA funds also may be used for services including (but not limited to) assessment and case management, substance abuse treatment, mental health treatment, nutritional services, job training and placement assistance, and assistance with daily living.

Developing Responsible Individuals with Valuable Education (DRIVE) Program

Developing Responsible Individuals with Valuable Education (DRIVE) Program offers housing and job training for individuals who are homeless or are at risk of homelessness. In 2020, the Mississippi Home Corporation (MHC) and the Mississippi Department of Transportation (MDOT) began a partnership to increase ridership on public transportation across the state. Initially, the focus was to expand services to residents that lived in public housing authorities and tax credit apartments. In addition to transportation, other needs came into focus. The need for gainful training and employment among those who are homeless or at risk of homelessness. To address this need, MHC, MDOT, Grace House, and other organizations have joined forces to provide needed services to these individuals.

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