Conard House

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Conard House
Founded 1960
Founder(s) Elaine Mikels
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
Employees 170
Motto "To develop resources that help people self-manage mental health."
Website [2]

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.[1] The organization's stated mission is "to develop resources that help people self-manage mental health." [2] These resources include supportive housing, social rehabilitation, harm reduction, supported employment, computer resources and money management. Together, these resources are generally referred to as community supported self-management.[3]


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 be able to reintegrate themselves into the community.

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).[4][5] In accordance with the goals of BTOP, Conard House has used this money to create public computer centers, comprehensive community infrastructure, and to increase sustainable broadband adoptions among Conard House residents. The computer centers are free for all residents and clients of Conard House, and offer free classes and general computer support. The intended goal of this program is to increase self-sufficiency through computer literacy in a society that is becoming rapidly dependent on broadband technologies.

Supportive Housing[edit]

Conard House owns multiple residential properties that provide various resources and in home support. Residents, many previously homeless and mentally ill, live in the properties and can utilize the resources offered. Conard house owns seven residential hotels, runs one apartment complex, and provides resources to 27 apartment cooperatives. Case managers provide in-home support to the residential hotels. Residents in the co-ops live independently, and are provided with resources and auxiliary support through the Jackson Street co-op program.[6]

Case Manager[edit]

Many people with mental illness, especially those that are dual diagnosis, have trouble taking care of their basic needs. Case managers provide support such as help with budgeting, organizing support groups, and helping the residents and clients access external resources.[7]

Supportive Employment[edit]

Conard House provides vocational assessment counseling, job training, and retention services to the residents. In addition, Conard House employs its residents as desk clerks, janitorial staff, and foot couriers. 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.[8]

Community Service Centers[edit]

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 another 725 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.


  1. ^ Raush, Harold L.; Raush, Charlotte L. (1968). Halfway House Movement: A Search for Sanity. Ardent Media Inc. Retrieved 27 December 2011. 
  2. ^ [1], Conard House web site
  3. ^ "Conard House - Community-Supported Self-Management". Retrieved 2013-12-04. 
  4. ^ "About | BroadbandUSA - NTIA". Retrieved 2013-12-04. 
  5. ^ Retrieved 2013-12-04.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  6. ^ "Conard House - Programs & Services". Retrieved 2013-12-04. 
  7. ^ "Conard House - About Us". 2011-06-30. Retrieved 2013-12-04. 
  8. ^ "Conard House - Jackson Street Community". Retrieved 2013-12-04. 

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