In 1992, a wonderful group of family members from the National Alliance for Mental Illness - Placer County, wanted housing for their family members with mental illness. They decided to approach the Placer County Mental Health Department to find a collaborative solution and a great partnership was born. Housing was provided for ASOC clients who needed training in basic living skills before progressing into independent living. In 1995, the collaboration expanded and opened homes in Roseville, Rocklin, and Auburn. Early in 2003, it was decided to place the operation of the housing program under a new organization: AMI Housing, Inc. (AMIH). In August 2003, AMIH received its 501c3 designation. The organization’s mission is to house and support the most vulnerable residents of the Sierra Region.
Since 2003, AMIH has opened additional homes in Placer County and expanded our housing program by collaborating with many community based organizations. Our program now includes: peer supported housing (11 beds), emergency housing (5 beds), TAY housing (5 beds), transitional employment, transitional (24 beds) & permanent housing (49 beds), peer counselors for the Mobile Crisis Team & Health 360, HUD vouchers (9 vouchers), and rapid rehousing for families enrolled in CalWORKs (35 vouchers). In addition we provide ESG and City of Roseville funds for rapid rehousing and homeless prevention for homeless adults (30 vouchers). Our agency has grown rapidly and we now house over 100 individuals on any given night.
In July 2017, AMIH’s board of directors acquired the operations of a Nevada County nonprofit: Nevada County Housing Development Corporation (NCHDC). A full merger of the two agencies is in process. At this time the same staff and board serve both agencies. NCHDC has been in operation for over thirty years and has the Community Housing Development Organization (CHDO) designation. NCHDC provides permanent housing, bridge housing, and low income affordable housing for approximately 100 people. This includes two properties purchase through MHSA funds, a 42 unit low income apartment complex, 3 homes master leased for Nevada County HHS and 21 separate HUD master leased apartments.
In 2009, AMIH used MHSA funds to create the first shared housing development in California with Placer County, Turning Point Community Programs, and the California Housing Finance Agency (CalHFA). CalHFA used our program as a model for other counties using these funds. In 2012, AMIH completed construction and opened a 6-unit MHSA funded apartment complex for 12 residents in permanent supportive housing. The project won the Placer County Contractor’s Association “2012 Project of the Year” award. NCHDC used MHSA funds for two homes in Grass valley CA. Both projects included the purchase and rehabilitation prior to operations. One project opened in 2011, and the other was finished in 2018. In addition AMIH began operating the MHSA purchased Main Street Apartments in March 2018.
Our permanent supportive housing projects are for homeless individuals or families with serious mental illness who are homeless or at risk of homelessness. We currently operate a 5-bedroom shared housing project called Timberline, a 6 unit shared housing apartment complex called Placer Street, a six bedroom shared housing program called Phoenix House, an 8 bedroom shared housing project called Lake Arthur, and a 19 unit studio apartment complex called Main Street.
In the past AMIH has used other funding sources to create supportive housing projects. Most recently in 2015, AMIH used City of Roseville and Placer County CDBG funds in conjunction with bank financing to purchase two of our transitional houses. In 2006, AMIH received an EHAPCD award to remodel a home in Rocklin for homeless adults with mental illness in a transitional setting.
Overall, AMIH owns seven homes and 25 apartments, leases five other homes, and subsidizes over 50 apartments in the community, which allows us to house over 100 people each night. Between AMIH and NCHDC we are housing over 200 people every night who were homeless or at risk of homelessness and many who have mental illness or other debilitating disabilities.