The Shove House provides a cooperative, clean, and sober living environment, enabling residents to address the mental health and/or chemical dependency challenges that have led to homelessness.
About the Shove House
The Shove House provides safe, sober, and supportive therapeutic housing for individuals receiving mental health and/or Substance Use Disorder treatment at Okanogan Behavioral HealthCare. The building consists of nine dorm-style units, nine apartment units, a living room area, cafeteria, and kitchen where the staff prepare daily meals.
The ultimate goal of the Shove House is to create a healthy environment for residents to live and to take steps towards improving their self-sustainability and independence. Upon admittance, each resident will complete an integrated treatment plan and will meet with a case manager regularly to monitor progress in achieving these goals.
Consumers are only eligible for placement in The Shove House if they meet the following criteria:
- Individuals must receive an income at or below 30% of the area median income (residents must provide documentation of their income upon admit)
- Individuals must be homeless
- Individuals must be 18 years or older
- Individuals must be medically stable and demonstrate an ability to live and function independently
- Individuals must demonstrate a commitment to a clean and sober lifestyle
- Criminal background checks must not include a conviction for commercial drug operations, the manufacturing, delivering or possessions of controlled substances with intent to deliver, a conviction for a violent offense, or sex offense
- Individuals must have proof of citizenship of the United States or lawfully in the United States with no immigration holds
- Individuals must be enrolled in mental health and/or chemical dependency services at Okanogan Behavioral HealthCare.
- Individuals must commit to a personal Recovery Strategy while residing at The Shove House. Tenants are active participants in the development and articulation of their personalized Recovery Strategy, referred to as the clinically integrated treatment plan.
Consumers who are admitted to The Shove House dormitory rooms are admitted on a "day-by-day" basis. There is no guaranteed length of stay.
There are nine dorm-style units available for short-term stays (90 day maximum). Each dormitory unit accommodates two people. In order to be considered for admission, prospective residents are required to submit a completed Shove House dorm application and a referral from his/her counselor at Okanogan Behavioral HealthCare. NOTE: We will not consider your dorm application until we receive a counselor referral.
There are nine apartment units available for year-long leases. Seven of these units are studio-style units. Two of these units have a one-bedroom layout. Each apartment is fully furnished and equipped with a bathroom, fridge/freezer, and microwave. In order to be considered for an apartment, prospective residents are required to submit the following documents:
- A completed and signed Shove House apartment application
- A completed and signed Housing Authority Application
- A copy of his/her Social Security Card
- A copy of his/her Picture ID
- A copy of his/her birth certification (accepted within one week of admission)
- Proof of income (a copy of pay stubs or Department of Social and Health Services/Social Security printout will suffice)
- A completed Disability Statement, if the individual is not receiving Social Security or Social Security Income
- A Certificate of Homelessness (issued by The Shove House upon admission)
- A certificate of rehabilitation completion or a certificate of current enrollment in a rehabilitation program if the individual has a drug possession charge within the last five years
Frequently Asked Questions
Can my family stay with me at the Shove House?
The Shove House is for individuals with a substance use disorder or mental health disorder. We do allow family to visit during business hours. However, they are not permitted to stay at The Shove House.
Can anyone who is homeless stay at The Shove House?
Because The Shove House is a therapeutic housing facility and not a shelter, individuals staying at The Shove House must have a diagnosed mental health or substance use disorder, and be enrolled in corresponding treatment through Okanogan Behavioral HealthCare.
Do I have to be a client at Okanogan Behavioral HealthCare in order to live at The Shove House?
Yes. Residents must commit to a personal Recovery Strategy while residing at The Shove House. Tenants are active participants in the development and articulation of their personalized Recovery Strategy. Residents will be required to meet with a case manager on a regular basis.
I'm interested in residing in an apartment at The Shove House. What is the application process?
Please refer to our section for apartment application materials.
It is the policy of Okanogan Behavioral HealthCare that all programs and activities of the agency or any of its contractors will be conducted without regard to race, color, national origin, marital status, veteran status, sex, disability, religion, creed, age or sexual orientation.