Community Alternatives Management Group, Inc. (CAMG) is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization. CAMG has been developing and managing housing since 1988 and currently owns more than 100 properties in the Greater Hampton Roads region. We continuously provide quality housing for persons who have a qualifying disability and who are homeless. CAMG partners with many community organizations and professionals, including Community Alternatives Inc. (CAI), to offer a comprehensive approach in providing housing and coordinating services to those in need.
To provide responsive person-centered services to improve the quality of life of individuals and families by:
- Focusing on our residents
- Making a positive difference for residents
- Honoring cultural, family & individual values
- Providing quality services & striving to continuously improve
- Managing corporate resources wisely
- Practicing continuous quality assurance
All housing units consist of shared arrangements. Each housing unit is shared among two to five residents, and in some instances two families, depending on the unit and family size. Most referrals come from area service providers, shelters, transitional housing facilities, or area specialty hospitals. If you are already receiving services from a provider, please notify that provider you are in need of housing so an appropriate referral can be made. Rent is based upon HUD recommendations, and all rent is on a sliding scale according to income and medical expenses.
In order to be eligible for CAMG housing:
1. Applicants must be diagnosed with one or more of the following:
- Serious mental illness
- Developmental disabilities
- Substance abuse
- HIV and/or AIDS
2. Applicants must meet the HUD low-income requirements.
For housing specifically designed for the homeless, applicants must also meet the following criteria:
3. Applicants must be homeless, as defined by:
- Sleeping in places not meant for human habitation (i.e., cars, parks, sidewalks, abandoned buildings, etc.)
- Sleeping in emergency shelters
- Living in transitional or supportive housing for homeless persons who originally came from the streets or emergency shelters. This includes persons who ordinarily sleep in one of the above named places, but are spending a short time (30 consecutive days or fewer) in a hospital or other institution.
- Being evicted within the week from private dwelling units and no subsequent residences have been identified; person lacks the resources and support networks needed to obtain housing.
- Being discharged within the week from institutions in which they have been residents for more than 30 consecutive days and no subsequent residences have been identified; person lacks the resources and support networks needed to obtain access to housing.
Group homes consist of four to five residents with extensive staffing. Referrals and placement is based upon the recommendations from the services provider, Community Alternatives Inc.
Transitional housing is for single women who are experiencing substance abuse problems and their children. Goals for residents of this program include:
- Transition to independent housing within two years
- Obtain or increase income within one year
- Reduce dependence on crises and detoxification programs
Permanent housing is for single persons with HIV, mental illness, mental retardation and/or substance abuse. Goals for residents of this program include:
- Remain in permanent housing for at least one year
- Increase income within six months
- Increase involvement in formal self advocacy groups and committees programs by supporting the individual's plan
Supportive Housing Services (SHS)
SHS provides individuals with residential support in 33 housing units, which promote retention of residents' housing arrangements. SHS assists in developing and maintaining a safe and sanitary living environment, social and interpersonal skills, and activities of daily living related to household management. On a daily basis, residents receive support and training in daily living skills including, but not limited to:
- Household Management
- Safety in the home
- Meal preparation
- Budgeting skills
- Job readiness
- Employment searches
CAMG develops all of its housing through various grant and financial resources. We utilize housing development resources such as the U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development's Supportive Housing Program, Section 811, Section 8, & HOPWA. We also utilize the Virginia Department of Housing & Community Development and the Virginia Housing Development Authority, as well as local foundations, city housing agencies, and local financial institutions.
CAMG strives to provide housing that meets HUD Housing Quality Standards and to deliver exceptional and supportive housing services. To ensure that we truly understand the changing needs of persons receiving services, we continually gather input from residents, their families, legal guardians and the community. This information is obtained in a variety of ways:
- Annual Surveys
- Tenant Advisory Committee (TAC)
- Local Quality Improvement Committee (LQIC)
SURVEYS provide general information about service accessibility, staff performance, resident choice, and satisfaction with the overall level of service.
TAC is a team of residents and staff that meets at least bi-monthly to discuss improving housing and service quality. This team also reviews proposed changes in our housing and supportive services program to continuously meet the needs of our residents. Recommendations for changes are reviewed with the Director of Housing.
LQIC is comprised of residents, family, community providers and staff. This committee evaluates performance data, client rights protections and adherence to policies, procedures and national accreditation standards. Recommendations for improvement go directly to the executive quality improvement committee for review and response, and are reported to the Board of Directors quarterly.
Quality meetings are held monthly by management staff to identify and implement opportunities for improvement in care.
If you are currently homeless, about to be homeless or know someone who is homeless, please call our office. You could be one step closer to affordable housing! If you are an agent looking for a housing partner, we can assist as your development partner to finance and develop housing to complement the services you provide.
- CAMG, Inc.
- 863 Glenrock Road
- Norfolk, VA 23502
- (757) 352-2600 (office)
- (757) 352-2601 (fax)