Supportive housing is permanent affordable housing, with some form of care component that is designed to help people maintain their housing. It includes a cost-effective combination of affordable housing and services that help people live more stable, productive lives.
Supportive housing works well for people who face complex challenges such as poverty and chronic health and social conditions. Poverty prevents people from obtaining or maintaining housing that is appropriate and stable. Individuals and families with chronic health and social conditions such as mental illness, HIV/AIDS, substance use issues, and histories of domestic violence, trauma, and/or out of home placements (prison, hospitals, foster care, etc.) are often episodically disabled and require stable housing that is tightly linked to services.
Studies have shown that supportive housing reduced the number of hospital visits by an estimated 87%.
Supportive housing is a proven, cost-effective way to end homelessness for people who face the most complex challenges. It provides homeless people with a way out of high-cost crisis care and emergency housing and gets them back into their own homes and communities. In this way, supportive housing not only improves the lives of its residents but also generates significant public savings.