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Hall-Brooke Gets $750,000 HUD Housing Award

Hall-Brooke Behavioral Health Services has been awarded $750,000 from the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) under the McKinney-Vento Continuum of Care Programs to provide 12 new units of supportive housing for persons with chronic behavioral health disorders, it was announced today.

The grant funds 12 scattered-site one-bedroom apartments in the Greater Bridgeport area for homeless persons who need support services for psychiatric problems and/or substance abuse, and training in development of independent living skills, an announcement said.

The award was announced at Hall-Brooke’s main campus at 47 Long Lots Road., Westport, by Rep. Christopher Shays . Shays succeeded the late Stewart McKinney, longtime Representative from Connecticut’s 4th District, who co-authored the bill under which the grant was given.

“I am grateful to Hall-Brooke Behavioral Health Services for working so tirelessly to meet the needs of chronically homeless and disabled citizens in our community,” Shays said in a statement.

“I am a strong believer in the effectiveness of supportive housing, which provides a setting for individuals to live on their own while receiving clinical treatment, training in developing independent living and work skills.

“I am also grateful to the Department of Housing and Urban Development for this grant. It will have a profoundly positive impact on our community.’

With the support of state and federal financial grants, Hall-Brooke already operates 16 multi-family homes in Bridgeport, Fairfield, Southport, Westport and Norwalk for residents who are chronically mentally ill.

Hall-Brooke’s Homestead Residential Services program provides community-based housing and 24-hour support from Hall-Brooke’s mental health professionals. This makes it possible for residents to live independently with dignity, and to function productively in the community.

Funds awarded to Hall-Brooke under provisions of the McKinney-Vento Bill have supported the Homestead Program in the past, including in the purchase of 12 of the supportive multi-family housing units.

Hall-Brooke has provided mental illness and/or substance abuse treatment for children, adolescents and adults, as inpatients or outpatients, for 104 years. It opened new hospital facilities in 2001 on its 24-acre site in Westport.

It is the only treatment center in the region with an inpatient program for children. Hall-Brooke also operates therapeutically-oriented Seton Academy, on its campus, for children who are unsuccessful in their home district schools because of behavioral concerns.

Hall-Brooke serves the Bridgeport community, including a bi-cultural, bi-lingual program for Latinos, at The Center, 2400 Main St., Bridgeport

Hall-Brooke is a wholly-owned subsidiary of St. Vincent’s Health Services, Bridgeport, and is affiliated with the Department of Psychiatry of Columbia University’s College of Physicians and Surgeons.

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