According to the Meehl Foundation, an organization that provides support for people with bipolar disorder, about 1.2 percent of all Americans suffer from the condition. Not all people with bipolar disorder require housing assistance, but some do.
Many people with bipolar disorder are able to work in a variety of jobs and have no trouble affording housing. However, some are on disability or otherwise have limited incomes. For these individuals, there are housing assistance programs where rent is based on income.
HUD’s Public Housing Program
The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) offers a public housing program for elderly people, people with disabilities (including those with bipolar disorder) and families that meet certain income guidelines. For those who qualify, rent is based on income. The HUD contact number is (202) 708-1112.
Housing coalitions are programs that operate in some counties. They may offer living arrangements for low-income individuals (including those with bipolar disorder), and rent is based on income. Local contact information can be found by searching the Internet for “housing coalition” plus the county.
Some people with bipolar disorder require extra support. There are halfway houses and group homes available for this purpose. the state department of mental health maintains information about homes the area.
Skilled Nursing Facilities
Some people who are severely disabled by bipolar disorder live in skilled nursing facilities where they receive around-the-clock medical care. However, most people with the condition do not require that level of care.
Kelly Morris has been making a living as a writer since 2004. She attended the College of Mount St. Joseph with a major in social work and minor in women's studies. Her work has appeared in a number of print publications including Caregivers Home Companion, Midwifery Today and Guide.