Supportive housing is permanent, affordable housing with on-site support services to serve the needs of the most vulnerable New Yorkers, including homeless individuals and people with disabilities. Apartments are rent-stabilized and buildings are owned and operated by experienced community organizations that maintain a high standard of property management.
Supportive housing improves health outcomes and saves public dollars. Investment in housing that is accompanied by supportive services can improve outcomes for people with mental health and substance abuse issues, while yielding significant taxpayer savings by reducing demand for high-cost shelters, hospitals, and other emergency resources. In November 2015, Mayor de Blasio announced New York City's commitment to development 15,000 units of supportive housing over the next 15 years. The NYC 15/15 Initiative reflects the lessons learned over the last 30 years and incorporates the combined wisdom of the supportive housing community.