What is permanent supportive housing?

  • Permanent supportive housing combines affordable housing with support services to help people living with disabilities like serious mental illness live with stability.
  • Supportive housing has proven to be the most successful and cost-effective solution to ending homelessness for individuals and families at risk of cycling between homelessness, emergency and institutional systems without affordable permanent housing and support services.
  • Single-site supportive housing has on-site social service staff to provide tenants with the person-centered support they need to put their lives back on track, including mental health counseling, help with life skills, relapse support, connection to education, job placement, help with parenting, linkage to medical care, crisis management and help reunifying with family.
  • There are different models of supportive housing, including single-site, “congregate” supportive housing (located in a single building) and “scattered-site” supportive housing, in which apartments are rented in the community and social workers visit tenants. 
  • Supportive housing is a critical part of the City and State’s efforts to tackle record homelessness in New York.  
  • The City is currently developing a proposal for a new City-State agreement to be negotiated with the State.
  • Supportive housing is also a significant part of Mayor de Blasio’s 10-year “Housing New York” plan, just as previous NY/NY Agreements were a part of the Koch and Bloomberg 10year housing plans.