Housing-Onondaga County

Onondaga County


Centralized Intake Department (CID)

The entry point for Community Residence, Intensive Apartment Program, and Single Room Occupancy (SRO). Mental health diagnosis required for most CNYS housing programs and Single Point of Access (SPOA) form required for all programs. SPOA must be completed and received by CID prior to scheduling an appointment. Intakes may be done off-site to meet consumer needs. Download SPOA and fax to CID at (315) 214-3205.

Supported Housing

Supported Housing Programs assist individuals with a mental health diagnosis or dual diagnosis (MH/SA) to obtain independent apartment living within the community by providing individualized levels of support based on consumer need. Supports include assistance with housing set up, communication with landlords, financial sources, and treatment teams. Consumers are not subject to outside program attendance or length of stay requirements.

These programs are designed for consumers who are presently underserved within the community and to assist in maintaining housing through support and advocacy. SPOA required and a transition from homelessness may be required for some programs. Proof of mental health diagnosis or other disability also required prior to scheduling an intake appointment.

Supported Housing I: Assists adults with a mental health diagnosis in obtaining secure housing within the community and provides supportive services as needed.

Supported Housing II: Designed to transition consumers from long-term care at state psychiatric facilities. Referrals open to state facilities only.

Housing First: Works in conjunction with ACT team to provide housing. Referrals open to ACT team only.

Recovery Permanent Supported Housing Programs (RPSHP/RPSHP II): Assists adults with a mental health diagnosis locate housing within the community. Both programs provide case management as needed and require a transition from homelessness as defined by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).

RPSHP II is open to consumers with any disability and is not limited to those with a mental health diagnosis. Applicants must also meet the definition of chronic homelessness.

Residential Housing

Intensive Apartment Program

Serves individuals with a mental health diagnosis or dual diagnosis (MH/SA). The program includes individualized service plans. Clients are required to participate in appropriate programming. Two bedroom apartments accommodate adults with children. Residential specialists work 1:1 to assist with activities of daily living and provide individualized services in 11 rehabilitative areas.

SPOA, mental health diagnosis, and Physician’s Authorization required. Substance abuse diagnosis is not required. Access through Centralized Intake Department (CID).

Enriched Services Single Room Occupancy (SRO)

Long-term housing for adults with serious and persistent mental illness or Axis I diagnosis. Residences staffed 24/7 with secure reception areas. On-site staff provides services including medication management, crisis intervention, activities for daily living, social and recreational opportunities. Meals and snacks provided in dining rooms as well as access to cooking facilities. Laundry rooms, computer /library rooms, TV lounges, and game rooms available. Consumers encouraged to further independent living skills and may transition to less supportive housing, but no limit exists for length of stay. Residents are eligible for SSI Level II Benefits. SPOA required.  Access through Centralized Intake Department (CID).

The program links three homes to create a service complex. Provides all SRO services previously described and is located adjacent to a city bus stop. The backyard landscape was designed in conjunction with the SUNY College of Environmental Design and Forestry’s Center for Design Research. This is an on-going collaborative project designed by consumers to add workable garden space, leisure space, and provide a fully usable green space.

Constructed by CNYS, this residence offers all SRO services previously described. Residence located on a large lot with ample green space.

Provides all SRO services previously described. Newer construction on a large corner lot.

Constructed by CNYS, this residence offers all SRO services previously described but is designed with a private apartment structure. All rooms contain kitchen facilities and private bathrooms.

Susan’s Place

Community-based apartment program serving those diagnosed with mental health and other disabilities who are transitioning out of homelessness as defined by the NYS Office of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). A collaborative program with NYS Office of Mental Health overseeing a portion of apartments reserved for those with mental health issues and HUD regulating the portion open to women (only) with other disabilities. Some capability to serve women with dependent children under the HUD portion.
The program provides case management and a curriculum based on skill building and goal setting.

Welch Terrace

Residential opportunity for consumers with HIV-related disabilities owned by Welch Terrace Housing Development Fund, Inc. Management and program services provided by CNYS. One bedroom apartments may accommodate more than one person. Units with kitchen, living room and bath designed for persons with physical disabilities. The secure environment offers support services for the promotion of a healthy lifestyle without drug or alcohol dependency. Referrals may be made through area service providers.
Contact: (315) 422-5611 for more information or application.


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