Residents are recommended by Social Services or Mental Health caseworkers and must be approved by a three-person panel, including a Lexington County Mental Health specialist who provides residents with counseling services.
While the 20-apartment facility qualifies as permanent housing, the goal is to help residents learn the everyday skills so they can live independently: how to make a budget, how to shop and prepare meals, how to dress for a job interview.
Most of the residents participate in counseling sessions for issues ranging from anger management to bi-polar disorder. On Mondays, residents meet to discuss issues that come up at the complex to help them learn to resolve differences in a positive way.
Residents pay rent based on their income. Some receive Social Security disability benefits, some get state assistance and others have jobs. They range in age from 18-25 and come from all parts of South Carolina.
Residents must spend at least 25 hours a week being productive. That means working, going to school or volunteering.
Leaphart Place has a commons room where residents can access the Internet, watch television and make phone calls. Once a month, there is a planned offsite activity.
Each apartment has a bedroom, a bathroom, a kitchen with dining area and a sitting area. A coin-operated laundry facility is available onsite.
January 2008 and the first residents arrived in August.
refrigerator and microwave oven.
The apartments are on the bus line during the week, but most residents lack transportation services on weekends.