Permanent Options for Recovery Centered Housing - PORCH

PORCH is funded by a five-year Mental Health Transformation Grant from the Department of Health and Human Services Substance Abuse Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). PORCH is an initiative to improve the living situation of people with serious mental illness served in the public mental health system.

PORCH provides evidence-based permanent housing in one urban and two rural Washington counties. Over 50 percent of the services are provided by peer specialists. Program services are leveraged with rental subsidies (such as “bridge” vouchers) through state and local funding sources to ensure housing is affordable for all served.

The project will provide housing to 180 people over the five-year period. PORCH provides meaningful choice and control of housing and support services, reduces homelessness, and supports the recovery and resiliency of those with serious mental illnesses.

As of September 2013, 166 people entered the program in the three years of direct service. The DSHS Research and Data Analysis Division has completed an evaluation of the first and second year of services:

The PORCH project completed its first year of direct services in May. Please contact Melodie Pazolt for more information.