Supportive housing is a combination of affordable housing and support services designed to help individuals and families use housing as a platform for health and recovery following a period of homelessness, hospitalization or incarceration or for youth aging out of foster care.
Supportive housing is affordable, permanent and independent housing that meets the needs of tenants by providing support and that is integrated within a neighborhood and community.
The two primary types of supportive housing are:
Permanent supportive housing provides individuals and families coming from a period of homelessness, hospitalization or incarceration with:
A person is eligible for DOHMH supportive housing if they are an individual or family that is chronically homeless, and has a mental illness and/or a substance use disorder.
Supportive Housing applications are generally prepared by a mental health professional. However other individuals, including family members, often assist people with this process.
The Center for Urban Community Services (CUCS) is available to help with the housing application process. Call CUCS at (212) 801-3333 and ask for a Housing Consultant for information about the HRA housing application and referral process.
Supportive housing programming offers tenants with assistance in getting jobs, re-uniting with families, getting treatment and recovering from mental health problems. Participation in services is voluntary and is designed to meet the needs of each resident. Support services include: