Housing for persons with serious mental illness (SMI) that is permanent, affordable, and supportive is very limited because the availability of these resources is inadequate and subject to significant demand by persons that are disabled or on a limited income. The limited access to housing for persons with SMI is contributing to homelessness and Minnesota has seen a steady rise since 1994 in the rate and number of people that are homeless and coping with mental illness (Wilder Research, 2010a). While some of the impact of disability, homelessness, and limited affordable housing access is known, what remains uncertain is a full understanding of the housing and support need of persons with SMI in Minnesota. Detailed regional and statewide information is necessary in order to accurately assess the housing need for persons with SMI.

To assess the affordable housing and supportive housing needs of Minnesotans with SMI the Housing with Support Market Study Tool was developed to collect housing resource data, housing need data, supportive service data, and consumer need data utilizing common definitions of these elements. By using common definitions the data can be collected regionally and compiled at the state level to provide an understanding of local and state housing need. Once collected the identified housing need information can be used for regional and state planning and the development of affordable and supportive housing resources for persons with psychiatric disabilities.


David L. Beimers

Committee Member

Julie Pearson

Committee Member

Michelle Alvarez

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Document Type

Other Capstone Project


Master of Social Work (MSW)


Social Work


Social and Behavioral Sciences

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