Supportive housing is an evidence-based housing intervention that combines non-time-limited affordable housing assistance with wrap-around supportive services for people experiencing homelessness, as well as other people with disabilities.
Research has proven that supportive housing is a cost-effective solution to homelessness, particularly for people experiencing chronic homelessness.
Study after study has shown that supportive housing not only resolves homelessness and increases housing stability, but also improves health and lowers public costs by reducing the use of publicly-funded crisis services, including shelters, hospitals, psychiatric centers, jails, and prisons.
~ United States Interagency Council on Homelessness
Who does supportive housing serve?
Supportive housing is typically targeted to individuals or families who are experiencing homelessness and who would have difficulty maintaining permanent housing without ongoing supports. Supportive housing is designed primarily for people with long histories of homelessness due to persistent obstacles like serious mental illness, addiction, or chronic medical problems.
Compared with other very low-income people, these men and women disproportionately use shelters, emergency health care and public mental health services—often cycling rapidly through various public institutions at great cost to taxpayers. Supportive housing can break this cycle by providing affordable housing and the services that these individuals or families need to remain stably housed.