Housing Connect

The Housing Connect program is a permanent supportive housing program that is designed to assist Medicaid eligible consumers throughout Wayne County. Housing Connect is a program for individuals with mental illness or mental illness and co-occurring disorders who are homeless, at risk of homelessness, or living in a restrictive setting. The goal of Housing Connect is to move individuals to a less restrictive environment and achieve housing stability with support services to maintain their housing.

Our Supportive Housing Program provides the following services

  • helps consumers move towards independence by moving consumers into SIL (semi-independent living) or independent living environments.
  • provides long-term housing with the necessary supportive services to help consumers learn or re-learn life and social skills necessary for maintaining one's independence.
  • provides comprehensive case management services in conjunction with assessments, housing placements, job skills, vocational training, and other supportive services.

Examples of independent living skills include:


  • how to open a bank account
  • how to pay bills
  • how to save money


  • how to grocery shop
  • what is healthy
  • how to follow a recipe
  • what pots and pans to use
  • to cook a great meal


  • making friends
  • learning new things
  • enjoying your community

Providing people with the Supportive Housing Program and the supportive services they need allows consumers to begin a journey of healing and transformation enabling them to live a meaningful life in a community of their choice while striving to achieve their full potential.

The Lincoln Behavioral Services Supportive Housing Program is designed to assist mentally ill adults living in adult foster care homes to obtain and maintain independent living.

As a part of the housing program, consumers will receive ongoing support services that include:

  • budgeting skills
  • transportation resources
  • cooking skills
  • banking skills
  • socialization skills

These skills are provided to the consumers by the Supportive Housing Team. These services allow consumers to maintain their independence while becoming part of their community.

The residential services program provides case management services to consumers residing in adult foster care homes.

These homes may be licensed as either a general or a specialized home. Case management is provided in the AFC home, at the agency or in the community. Clinical staff and the AFC home staff work together with the consumer to develop and monitor the person-centered plan, address any physical health needs and coordinate all treatment services. Whenever possible, consumers are assisted in developing the supports and skills necessary to move to a less restrictive environment.

The residential program’s philosophy is to increase consumer independence by providing support, guidance, skill building and linking and coordinating to community services. The primary goals of the Residential Case Management program include the following:

  1. To encourage consumers to utilize community resources and supports to develop skills to increase independence and community integration.
  2. Provide consumers residing in AFC homes opportunities and choices for other independent living arrangements by working with the case manager, housing program or other community resources.
  3. To increase consumer independence through the person-centered planning process.
  4. To maintain relationships with providers, home staff, DWMHA staff, and other community agencies while increasing our knowledge of and relationships with community resources.
  5. To reduce hospital and emergency services utilization.

Placement in a specialized AFC home is authorized through the DWMHA. The DWMHA maintains contractual agreements with the AFC home providers regarding consumer placement. Through this contracting process, the DWMHA monitors the AFC home to ensure that it has a current license, maintains licensing standards at all times, and has the appropriate resources to meet the consumer’s needs. Placement in a general AFC home does not require authorization and is often secured through family members, community resources and coordination with the assigned case manager. All AFC homes have periodic inspections by the Detroit Wayne County Mental Health Authority’s (DWMHA) Office of Recipient Rights and licensing to ensure that the consumer’s rights are protected.