Interview with Doug Scott, April 21, 2017

Collection: Georgia Disability Community Oral History Project

Dublin Core


Doug Scott discusses the definition of Supportive Housing, and explains the status of chronic homelessness. Scott compares the societal cost of chronic homelessness vs. supportive permanent housing. Scott and the interviewer, Talley Wells, talk about how supportive housing was eventually integrated into Georgia to carry out Georgia’s Olmstead Plan. Scott talks about his previous experience in creating housing plans. Scott recalls his initial days on the job as the Director of Supportive Housing in the Georgia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities. Talley Wells discusses previous attempts by the State of Georgia to implement housing plans to assist the chronically homeless. Scott and Wells explain the model used for the development of permanent housing in Georgia and the adaptation of bridge funding as the method to provide money for the development of such housing. Scott talks about his wish for research to be conducted concerning the effects of permanent supportive housing on the individual.
Doug Scott now serves as the Director of Supportive Housing in the Georgia Department of Developmental Disabilities. In this position, Scott has been accredited with many of the housing plans created to support the integration of mental health patients into the community; including the creation of the tenant-based housing model used to provide housing for recent release patients. Previously, Scott worked as the director of CHRISkids, Atlanta (now known as CHRIS180), a program which focused on aiding young adults in the transition stage between foster care and full independence. Additionally, Doug Scott has served as the administrator of federal funds in the Georgia Department of Community Affairs.






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42 minutes


Doug Scott and Talley Wells, “Interview with Doug Scott, April 21, 2017,” UGA Special Collections Libraries Oral Histories, accessed July 14, 2024,