Since 1988, ICAN Housing has served homeless persons with mental illness, some of whom are also battling Substance Use Disorders (SUDs). ICAN started by providing housing and services to people in the community with the greatest need. The Agency has built on early successes and now provides outreach, housing support services, and affordable permanent housing options to nearly 300 households in Stark County, Ohio.
Most of ICAN’s tenants come from shelters or the “street.” ICAN Housing is the only Permanent Supportive Housing (PSH) provider in Stark County conducting outreach activities to build trust with potential clients and support them in their efforts to connect to community services, address basic needs and attain housing.
Over the years, the Agency’s housing support services have continued to grow. Dedicated staff members are driven by the belief that a stable home is a great step toward a stable life. Tenants benefit from ICAN Housing’s use of evidence-based practices to help them achieve and maintain housing stability and advance toward self-reliance, recovery, and an improved quality of life.
ICAN Housing is a respected PSH provider. The Agency is broadening its scope to include efforts to further move clients toward self-reliance by helping them increase their incomes. ICAN staff takes a “hands-on” approach to guiding tenants through steps to make sure they are receiving all of the mainstream benefits for which they are eligible (e.g., Social Security benefits, etc.).
In addition, ICAN operates a Supported Employment Program through which tenants gain job readiness skills, receive financial incentives for nontraditional employment, and receive support in seeking and retaining traditional employment.
The agency provides Peer Support to tenants actively working on their recovery from substance abuse.
ICAN Housing gets people off the streets, ensures their housing and supports their success while treating them with the greatest dignity and care.
ICAN remains committed to continuous improvement and strong client outcomes.