What is Permanent Supportive Housing?
The concept of permanent supportive housing (PSH) was originally developed by advocates and providers serving homeless populations and now receive significant federal funding from HUD for individuals and families experiencing or at risk of homelessness and other special needs populations. The success and cost effectiveness of the PSH model is well-documented through formal research, and as a result the types of homeless and special needs populations proven to benefit from PSH have expanded. Thus, the Working Group’s members sought to establish definitions of key terminology to make clear what the group considered PSH to be and which populations could benefit from PSH.
Permanent Supportive Housing is for people who need supportive services to access and maintain affordable housing, are experiencing or at risk of homelessness, are living with disabilities, and/or are experiencing or at risk of (unnecessary) institutionalization.