Mission Statement

Provide safe, decent, stable, and affordable housing for people living with a mental illness or an addiction disorder.

NPI Profile         

  • Established in 1988 as a non-profit with the mission of ending homelessness for persons with mental illness & addiction disorders.
  • Owns 540 apartments in 60 locations, primarily in Greater Toledo; Between 2 and 28 units at each site.

NPI History

One person or one family experiencing homelessness is one too many.  However repeated episodes of homelessness and long-term homelessness is a scourge on our society costing the uncountable loss of public resources, and individual productivity.

For the past 30 years in Lucas County and Northwest Ohio there is an alternative for people with no options, people with a history of mental illness, or substance use – Neighborhood Properties Inc., or NPI.

NPI began providing permanent supportive housing in 1988 as a product of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Program on Chronic Mental Illness.  Through the investment from the Foundation, NPI and eight other sister organizations across the country, piloted a new affordable housing practice that would become known as permanent supportive housing.  Since then NPI has utilized Federal, State, and local public and private resources to sustain safe, decent, stable, and affordable housing for people living with a major mental illness.

After 30 years, the pipeline of academic research has determined that permanent supportive housing is an evidence-based best practice for ending chronic homelessness.  Permanent supportive housing pairs a housing subsidy with supportive services and has been shown to not only help people experiencing chronic homelessness to achieve long-term housing stability, but also improve their health and well-being.  More recent studies have proven its effectiveness in reducing rate of recidivism in the justice system.

Today NPI is recognized by our peers as a “Pioneer in Supportive Housing”.  NPI melds the evidence-based practices of: Housing First, Critical Time Intervention, Motivational Interviewing, Peer Support, Supportive Employment, SSI/SSDI Outreach, Access, and Recovery (SOAR), and Permanent Supportive Housing into a comprehensive approach that supports a person’s individual recovery.

Over the past 30 years NPI has become so much more than affordable housing, even more than a landlord with a heart. NPI has become a place to call home.

Who We Serve

  • Provides supportive housing to those with serious mental illness and/or addiction disorders. Median age of customers is 46.
  • Accepts referrals for housing from local mental health agencies, homeless shelters, transitional housing providers and substance abuse programs.
  • Oversees the group home placement of 100-plus people in adult care facilities in Lucas County.
  • Offers affordable housing to many individuals receiving HUD Section 8 rental vouchers or other assistance.

How We Serve

  • Supportive services include home visits, peer support and skill building to persons with a mental illness, reducing psychiatric hospitalization and the risk of homelessness.
  • Employs 70 people.
  • Benefits from a group of volunteer board members who govern the organization.