Cedars Hope is more than a place to live—it is a caring, supportive community for women; a place to be independent, to thrive, and to enjoy friendships.

Mental Health America in Northeast Indiana / Cedars Hope
Mental Health America in Northeast Indiana / Cedars Hope

Cedars Hope is a residential housing program which offers group-style living for women with severe mental health conditions. Residents may struggle to maintain employment and housing due to complications from their mental health challenges. Cedars Hope offers affordable, supportive living to help women build their independence and rediscover their self-worth.

Residents are able to make tremendous strides towards greater independence and recovery by having a safe place to call home.

Housing First

Cedars Hope uses the Housing First approach to address homelessness in Fort Wayne. Under the Housing First model, individuals who are homeless are provided stable housing with few entry requirements, and then are encouraged to address the issue which caused their homelessness. Often, this increases the likelihood that their treatment will succeed.

Cedars Hope functions under two basic Housing First principles: that anyone experiencing homelessness can eventually achieve stable housing, and that those experiencing homelessness have the right to self-determination, dignity, and respect.

Studies have shown that the Housing First model encourages long-term housing stability, improved health outcomes, and reduced use of crisis services.

Harm Reduction

Cedars Hope uses harm reduction practices to improve residents’ health. Harm reduction is a practice intended to reduce the negative consequences of risky health behaviors, such as substance use. Harm reduction focuses on positive change and judgement-free support.

Living at Cedars Hope

Cedars Hope currently has the capacity to house 16 women. While living at Cedars Hope, residents have access to supportive services including case management, transportation assistance, and medication management. Case managers work alongside residents to help them achieve their financial, housing, and self-reliance goals.

Mental Health America of Northeast Indiana complies with the Indiana HMIS Privacy Policies to ensure the confidentiality of our participants of Cedar Hope.

Eligibility

Incoming residents must meet the following eligibility requirements:

  • 18 years of age or older

  • Single (no spouse or dependents)

  • Homeless or at risk of becoming homeless

  • Diagnosed with a mental illness

  • Receiving mental health services

All referrals to Cedars Hope are accepted through Coordinated Entry. If you or someone you know meets these eligibility requirements and are in need of housing, dial 2-1-1. A community navigator will assist you in connecting with Cedars Hope.

If you have any questions about the program, please dial (260) 420-3507 to connect with a Cedars Hope staff member.