Mission & Vision

The Network harnesses the power and energy of its members to pursue four goals:

  1. Encourage and accelerate the creation of an adequate supply of supportive housing
  2. Enhance public understanding and support for supportive housing
  3. Maintain the effectiveness of the supportive housing model
  4. Ensure there are sufficient resources for developing, operating and providing services in supportive housing

To achieve these objectives, the Network provides public education, research and policy analysis, advocacy, training and technical assistance to the supportive housing community, government and the public at large.

Public Education

The Network works to educate policy makers, community leaders and the general public about supportive housing and its impact on tenants, taxpayers and communities. The Network works through the media, through tours and presentations to key stakeholders, through creation of a wide range of materials and through training of providers to more broadly disseminate information about supportive housing.

Research and Policy Analysis

The Network is one of the nation’s preeminent sources for analysis of supportive housing’s effect on formerly homeless tenants and the communities in which they reside. The Network has presented and published dozens of reports, manuals and briefing papers evaluating program design and performance, identifying and disseminating best practices, and providing technical assistance to supportive housing providers and their partners.


The Network advocacy staff communicates regularly and works closely with its government partners. Advocacy efforts focus on expanding access to supportive housing, and ensuring that supportive housing is well-managed and adequately funded. Advocacy staff also leads grassroots efforts that increase tenants’ and other community partners’ involvement.

Training and Technical Assistance

The Network offers a broad variety of trainings, workshops and forums to the supportive housing community, as well as an annual conference attended by over 1,600 people. The Network’s training activities leverage the expertise of our members, affiliates and government partners in order to maintain and improve supportive housing’s effectiveness.