Under a landmark 2014 settlement, an ambitious housing program promised a better life for mentally ill New Yorkers. Since this federal order, hundreds of severely mentally ill people have been given the chance to transfer from institutions and into subsidized apartments under a program called scattered site supported housing.This program was meant to serve as a national model for the rights of the mentally ill to live independently, where they could cook their own food, administer their own medications, and budget their own expenses with support from social workers and private case management companies. Although this sudden shift from institution to autonomy has worked well for many people, it has also failed many. Over two dozen cases have been identified in which people in supported housing were not able to care for themselves, leaving them in inhumane conditions that in some cases led to death.