Community conversations require the participation and input from government, religious, political, business, educational and other community leaders to help reduce the shame associated with this mental health issue.
West Palm Beach Mental Health Coalition held its first meeting in February 2016 at the City of West Palm Beach in Mayor office. Over the past three years we have attracted various community and health organizations, churches and for-profit businesses to join our coalition and help raise funds and awareness.
As a part of Resolution No. 393-19, the City of west palm beach awarded $215,000 to the Lord’s Place, a addiction counseling facility to conduct homeless engagement services. These services include four full-time Outreach Peer Specialists available a minimum of 50 hours per week (Monday – Saturday) who are currently locating, identifying and building relationships with unsheltered homeless who need therapy and counseling
With the west palm beach Housing and Community Development (HCD) department leading the “street team” efforts of Mental Health America and Lord’s Place, the team will offer their services the moment they encounter a client in the community. They will also provide services at the Mental Health America of Palm Beach County office at 909 Fern Street.
In December, the City hired a full-time Homeless Services Coordinator, who is tasked with coordinating the delivery of homeless services amongst City departments, non-profits, and other service providers. The Homeless Services Coordinator will also oversee the on-street engagement efforts
“Mental illness and homelessness are challenges faced by every American city,” said West Palm Beach Mayor Keith A. James. “I want West Palm Beach to be known as a city where these challenges are being addressed. We appreciate our community partners working with us to address these tough issues and to helping us make a difference for all residents.”
In addition, Hope Builders Therapy and Counseling is donating free services to west palm beach Community Services/Vickers House Division provides funding and direct services and programs for the homeless including permanent housing, supportive housing, rapid rehousing, food assistance, relocation assistance, and assessment and referral services that include job training and employment programs, health coverage, substance abuse treatment, mental health services, and other referrals.
The City of West Palm Beach is also working to create more workforce housing in the City. In the last five years, more than 550 new units of affordable rental housing serving the elderly, homeless and families have either been developed or are under development in West Palm Beach. In addition, at least another 51 new homes have been constructed or are under construction; the new homes provide affordable home ownership opportunities to families and greater stability to neighborhoods
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