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ALLEGHANY, PA OFFICE OF BEHAVIORAL HEALTH

Alleghany, PA Office of Behavioral Health

TAC has assisted the Allegheny County Office of Behavioral Health and Allegheny Health Choices, Inc. with the development and implementation of the county's Strategic Supportive Housing Plan. TAC's work included a baseline assessment of current housing needs, models and approaches in the Allegheny County Behavioral Health System; a housing and services resource inventory and housing capacity assessment; development of strategic planning recommendations and implementation guidelines for 'Best Practice' supportive housing models; and development of a Supportive Housing Plan, approved by the State Office of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services.

TAC's Supportive Housing Plan for Allegheny County includes the creation of 220-240 new permanent supportive housing opportunities for high priority consumers. TAC has worked with stakeholders in Allegheny County to implement the plan, including assistance with the selection of a Bridge Subsidy Administrator and a Development Intermediary to administer rental assistance and capital funding for housing; creation of 'how-to' policies and procedures to guide operations of a Housing Development Fund, a Tenant-Based Rental Assistance Program and a Project-Based Leasing Program; and provision of technical assistance on housing development issues.