Permanent supportive housing (PSH) is a proven solution for the most vulnerable chronically homeless people. Investments in PSH have helped decrease the number of chronically homeless individuals by 28 percent since 2008.
Despite the progress, only 42 percent of PSH beds across the country are dedicated to people experiencing chronic homelessness. Dedicating more PSH beds will help communities scale up the resources they need to end chronic homelessness.
A new brief from the Center for Evidence-based Solutions to Homelessness reviews the research to find which strategies and programs best serve people experiencing chronic homelessness. It finds that PSH plays a critical role in ending chronic homelessness for individuals, while less-intensive programs like rapid re-housing can better serve families.
The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) recently announced $100 million in funding for new “mainstream” housing vouchers. These vouchers are targeted for nonelderly people with disabilities, including those who are homeless or may become homeless. The Alliance and the Technical Assistance Collaborative have collected resources to help communities submit strong applications. The deadline to apply for this funding is June 18.
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Addressing Chronic Homelessness: What the Research Tells Us
This guest post was written by Jill Khadduri, Senior Fellow and Principal Associate for Social and Economic Policy at Abt Associates. Homelessness was once viewed as a permanent personal attribute, rather than a temporary condition. Long-term or repeated episodes on the street or in shelters were understood to be the "typical" experience of homelessness. We now […]
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