|Area served||San Francisco|
|Focus(es)||Self-Management of Chronic Mental Health and Medical Conditions|
|Method(s)||Residential treatment͵ Supportive Housing, Supported Employment, Money Management and Harm reduction|
|Motto||"To develop resources that help people self-manage mental health."|
Conard House is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization based in the SoMa arts district of San Francisco, working to support adults living with serious mental health and medical conditions. The organization's stated mission is "to develop resources that help people self-manage mental health."  These resources include supportive housing, case management, psychiatric rehabilitation, harm reduction, supported employment, money management and computer technology training. Together, these resources are generally referred to as community supported self-management.
Conard House was founded by Elaine Mikels (1921-2004), who, with her mentor, Conard Rheiner, believed that people learning to live with, or recovering from, mental illness needed not only housing appropriate for their needs but additional, therapeutic and rehabilitation support and long-term stability in order to reintegrate themselves into the community.
Conard House owns, leases and manages 35 residential properties that provide various in-home supportive services, resource linkages and services coordination. Residents, many previously chronic homeless and experiencing serious mental illness, acquire tenancy and can voluntarily access the many resources offered. Conard House owns 9 residential hotels, master-leases 3 other single room occupancy hotels as well as a dozen scattered-site residential cooperatives. In all, this housing provides 725 permanent supportive housing units throughout San Francisco. Taken together, these supportive housing programs incorporate a Housing First approach to homelessness.
Many people with mental illness, especially those with dual diagnosis, often have difficulty taking care of their basic needs, experiencing impairments to one or more daily life functions. Case managers provide support such as help with budgeting, organizing support groups, and helping residents and clients access critical resources. Residents in the cooperatives live independently, and are provided with social rehabilitation, mental health counseling and support through the clinical headquarters, located in the historic Jackson Street building in Pacific Heights.
Conard House provides vocational assessment counseling, job training, and retention services to the residents. In addition, Conard House employs its residents in property management services, clerical, janitorial and courier positions. This program is important for the Jackson Street Co-Op program because of its requirement that clients secure employment within three months of entering the program.
Community Service Centers
Conard House operates four community service centers offering critical services for resident and non-resident community members throughout San Francisco. The centers have provided money management and social support services to thousands of San Francisco residents through the years, supplementing the agency's primary supportive housing programs for single adults who have experienced chronic homelessness and mental health barriers.
Financial management of federal, state and county disability benefits is an evidence-based practice which acts as an eviction prevention strategy to reduce recidivism, keeping at-risk and vulnerable residents housed.
In 2010, Conard House, as a sub-recipient under San Francisco Department of Aging and Adult Services, received federal reinvestment act money under the Broadband Technology Opportunity Program (BTOP). Following the goals of BTOP, Conard House has used this money to create computer training centers, infrastructure and increase sustainable broadband access among Conard House residents. The computer centers are free for all residents and clients of Conard House and offer classes and general computer support. The intended goal of this program is bridging the digital divide by increasing self-sufficiency through computer literacy in a society that is becoming rapidly dependent on broadband technologies.
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