Creating Housing Options in Commuities for Everyone (CHOICE) Program
A Partnership between Mississippi Home Corporation, Mississippi Department of Mental Health, Mississippi Division of Medicaid, Open Doors Homeless Coalition, Mississippi United to End Homelessness, and Mississippi’s Community Mental Health Centers.
CHOICE provides rental assistance, administered by Open Doors Homeless Coalition in the six southern-most counties of Mississippi, to make housing affordable for individuals with serious mental illness. Open Doors Homeless Coalition provides housing stability case management and Pine Belt Mental Healthcare Resources, Singing River Services, or Coastal Community Care (PACT) provide mental health services appropriate to the individual based on their individual needs.
Applicants who are referred by the community mental health center to Open Doors Homeless Coalition are assisted in order of the following priority:
Priority 1: Individuals being discharged from a State psychiatric hospital after a stay of more than ninety (90) days; or, nursing facility, or intermediate care facility for individuals with intellectual disabilities after a stay of more than ninety (90) days; or
Priority 2: Individuals who have been discharged from a State psychiatric hospital within the last two (2) years and;
- Had multiple hospital visits in the last year due to mental illness; or
- Are known to the mental health or state housing agency to have been arrested or incarcerated in the last year due to conduct related to mental illness; or
- Are known to the mental health or state housing agency to have been homeless for (1) full year or have had four (4) or more episodes of homelessness in the last three (3) years.
Priority 3: Individuals who lack a fixed, regular, and adequate nighttime residence and includes a subset for an individual who is exiting an institution where he or she resided for ninety (90) days or less and who resides in an emergency shelter or a place not meant for human habitation immediately before entering that situation.