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SUPPORTIVE HOUSING is housing that is affordable, accessible and provides any necessary support services that help persons with disabilities live in the community.

Who does it serve?

Supportive housing serves persons with special needs that may require a supportive service or accommodation to help them live in the community. This can include but is not limited to: persons with disabilities related to a mental illness, brain or spinal cord injury, physical impairment, developmental disability, substance abuse, HIV/AIDS and frail seniors.

Why is it needed?

Supportive housing is a much less expensive alternative to institutions and it allows persons to live in community based settings. It also prevents homelessness among a very vulnerable population.

What does it include?

  • Housing with rent that is affordable to persons who are extremely low income or persons on federal SSI or SSDI disability income.
  • Accommodations or design that ensure that the housing and services are physically accessible.
  • Support services that help someone live in a community-based, non-institutional setting, if they choose.


Supported/Independent Living

Tenant-based rent assistance/Housing Vouchers

Housing First/ACT Teams

Project- based permanent housing

U.S. Dept. of HUD 811, 202, SHP, S+C

Safe Havens for homeless persons

Group Homes

Nursing Home Diversion and Jail Diversion Programs

Halfway Houses

Senior Housing