Housing, services for formerly homeless with mental illness
For people formerly homeless who live with a mental illness, Jackson Aisle is a welcomed, stable home. Located just two miles south of the Westminster Civic Center in unincorporated Orange County, the award-winning affordable housing development provides permanent supportive housing with services to those who are at risk of homelessness.
Co-developed by then HOMES, Inc. (now part of Jamboree) and A Community of Friends, along with both OC’s Housing Authority and Healthcare Agencies, it was the County of Orange’s first permanent supportive housing development dedicated 100% to those formerly homeless living with chronic mental illness.
Located in Midway City, bordering Westminster and Fountain Valley, Jackson Aisle is a modern four-story building with a ground level of parking used more often by residents for community gatherings than for parking. The second floor includes two case managers’ offices, and the property manager’s office and adjacent apartment are located on the third floor. The community space on the fourth floor is where residents gather for support groups and community building events such as birthdays and holidays.
Residents who qualify through OC’s Health Care Agency pay no more than 30% of their income for rent. The Orange County Housing Authority subsidizes the remainder of the rent through Shelter Plus Care funding. For years now, regular gatherings between the residents, Jamboree, A Community of Friends and a network of seven agencies that provide onsite supportive services continue to be the backbone of success to Jackson Aisle residents thriving despite a mental health diagnosis.
Resident services include basic needs assessment, mental health care, life skills and job training programs, advocacy/education, and crisis intervention. Additionally, education on independent living skills in the areas of cooking, cleaning, budgeting and accessing public transportation are regularly offered. Opened in 2004, the residents are like extended family to each other with long-term tenancy the norm.
Jackson Aisle is currently full but there is a waiting list for prospective new residents. Referrals are submitted via OC Health Care Agency mental health and contract clinics. This is an exciting housing opportunity for those with special needs, and gives residents support to maintain independent living and enrich their lives.