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How can I find a new place to live?

Looking for safe, decent and affordable housing

Having a nice, safe and affordable place to live is an important goal for many people.  With a nice place to live, people with mental illnesses are able to reach other life goals such as getting a job or going back to school.

If you are looking for a place to live, ask your therapist to help you.  Your therapist will know about the choices and programs in the area.  Keep in mind a few things when looking for a place to live:

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Is this a high disruption student neighborhood ?

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Can you afford to live here?

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Is there public transportation nearby?

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Is it close to your job, school or your treatment center?

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Are you comfortable living here?

Deciding where you want to live

As you get better and are ready to think about where you want to live, there are several kinds of housing that you may want to think about, such as:

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Living in your own apartment or sharing with housemates.

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Living in a supported housing program.

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Living with family.

The type of housing you choose depends on how well you are able to take care of yourself and the kind of support that you can get.  Your case manager can help you find housing that fits with:

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How well you can take care of yourself.

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How much you can pay.

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How much help you need

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The kind of help you can get from your family and friends.

Can you live in your own apartment?

The questions below may help you decide if you want to live on your own, or if you would be happier living with other people:

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Would you like to live in your own apartment?

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Why do you want to live in your own apartment?

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Why would you not like living by yourself?

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How will you pay for your apartment, phone, food, and other expenses?

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Are you able to:

-Cook meals for yourself?
-Shop for your food?
-Wash your laundry?
-Clean your apartment?
-Get your medicine refilled?

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How will you get to places you have to go to every day?

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Are there people living nearby who can help you?

-Family members?
-Friends?
-Your treatment team?

After speaking with your therapist or family, you may decide that living in your own apartment is best for you.  You may want to ask your therapist to help you find a good place to live.  Your therapist may be able to help you with any paperwork you need to fill out.