Originally founded in 1983, the Ciara House program provides the chronically homeless and mentally ill with safe, stable housing. The program has two sections, Ciara Independent Living and Ciara Permanent Housing.
Ciara Independent Living
Ciara Independent Living is an independent living apartment complex for single adults with mental disabilities. Residents pay a modest rent, provide their own meals, and are able to live a relatively independent life.
Program participants are referred to Catholic Charities Archdiocese of New Orleans from a plethora of sources including case managers, hospitals, and the National Association for Mental Illness (NAMI). Catholic Charities Archdiocese of New Orleans does not provide formal case management through this program, and residents already work with case managers upon entrance into the program to ensure they are stable and getting the treatment they need. The Ciara Independent Living apartments provide a stigma-free, safe living arrangement for adults with mental disabilities in an environment where they can foster a sense of community. Currently, the program has two locations in New Orleans and Metairie.
Ciara Permanent Housing
Ciara Permanent Housing provides housing and intensive case management to people with mental disabilities through funding from the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). Unlike Ciara Independent Living, the Ciara Permanent Housing clients live in single apartments throughout Orleans and Jefferson Parish, and not in a centralized community. Case managers provide help with home management, budgeting, doctor visits, medication checks, and make weekly home visits to ensure that each client is safe and stable. Since Ciara Permanent Housing began in 2011, 93% of clients have found success with this model and remained in the program.
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