What is Community Homes for Opportunity (CHO)?
Community Homes for Opportunity (CHO) is a supportive housing program for people with serious mental illness. The program is intended to assist Tenants by providing appropriate housing and support services to achieve and maintain stability in a home that is safe and affordable. The program takes a recovery-based approach and provides access to support services both in the CHO home and in the community, which will aim to improve and/or stabilize peoples’ physical and mental health, foster independence, and enhance participation and integration into the community. The program offers opportunities for Tenants to enhance the quality of their daily living, personal growth and development and improve life skills through participation in a variety of activities and programs.
These programs may be offered in the home environment where Tenants can develop new skills, for example, daily living skills, according to the wishes of the Tenants. More structured programs can be available through community-based agencies, which offer activities designed to build a variety of skills and increase opportunity for social connection.
CHO provides housing, meals and support services in a home setting for people with serious mental illness who require 24-hour supportive care.
Homes that are now part of the CHO program were once a part of the Homes for Special Care (HSC) program.
How to refer to Community Homes for Opportunity:
Thank you for your interest in the Community Homes for Opportunity Program. Referral sources are required to complete the CHO Intake Assessment package so the information can be presented to the homeowner and then the homeowner will set up a tour for the applicant.
Completed Intake Assessments and consent forms can be sent via fax to 519-668-3641, or submitted to the CMHA Middlesex Intake and Assessment team along with your referral form.