Dave’s House provides the permanent supportive housing (PSH) for people living with serious mental illness (SMI) and co-occurring disabilities to manage life obstacles, and succeed. It was founded in 2009 by Lin and Ron Wilensky, to help others in the world like Lin’s brother, Dave, who had schizophrenia.
Dave’s House has developed permanent supportive housing for 86 individuals who are living productive lives in an atmosphere of mental wellness, stability, autonomy and safety. Nine single family homes are located in Orlando and Ft. Lauderdale, Florida and Fairfax, Virginia. Multiple Dave’s Housing First apartment homes, based upon the Housing First Model, are located throughout Central Florida.
Working with partners at the local, state and federal levels, Dave’s House develops homes based upon best practice PSH models. These models combine a solid foundation of affordable and stable housing, accompanied by managed mental health care provided by our behavioral health service partners. We also coordinate with other well-being service providers to assist residents.
Our homes have a 90% retention rate for residents. All our residents participate daily in a productive activity including continuing education, volunteering and working. Through PSH, residents can more easily manage life obstacles, live in recovery and achieve their dreams. Our homes provide independence, a sense of security and a support network of acceptance and caring.