Creating Homes Initiative
In 2000, a visionary pioneer named Marie Williams (currently the Commissioner of the Tennessee Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services) created an initiative to partner with communities throughout the state to increase the number of housing options for people with mental illness or co-occurring disorders of mental illness and substance use disorder. There was a significant need in Tennessee for more of these housing options and the Creating Homes Initiative (CHI) sought to fill that need.
Today, CHI includes six Regional Housing Facilitators who focus on increasing the number of housing options in their community, spanning the continuum from 24/7 supervised living facilities to home ownership. From beginning to the present, the Creating Homes Initiative has had a hand in creating 20,505 new housing opportunities throughout Tennessee.