Supported Living-Residential Options:
Gaston Residential Services (GRS) provides residential supports and services for people who are 18 years old or older and have a developmental disability and/or a mental health disability.
Group Homes. The supported living section operates several group homes in neighborhoods in and around Gastonia. These homes are licensed through the state of North Carolina Division of Health Service Regulation. Anywhere from two to six people live in these homes and in each home, there is at least one staff providing support twenty four hours a day. Support is provided for medical appointments and medication administration, and some transportation is provided.
Willow Street Apartment Program. There are 8 individual apartment units at the Willow Street Apartments. Individuals who reside in these apartments receive at least two contacts from staff per day; staff are not present overnight in this setting.
People served in this apartment setting are expected to know and practice personal safety and have basic household maintenance abilities to qualify for apartment living. Transportation is limited; individuals should be able to use or learn to use public transportation. Staff also provides support to individuals who have moved on into more independent housing in the community. The amount of support provided to persons served on site at Willow Street or in the community is based on the need of the person.
Third Avenue Apartment Program. An eight unit single story apartment building constructed with funds from the NC Housing and Finance Agency (NCHFA) 400 Initiative. The initiative is designed to increase low income housing for people with disabilities. The people living in these apartments receive staff support according to the needs of the people living in each apartment. The section 8 housing program subsidizes the rent for these units.