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What Is Supportive Housing?

Supportive housing is affordable housing with on-site services that help formerly homeless, disabled tenants live in dignity in the community.

Supportive housing came into being in response to the homelessness crisis in New York City in the 1970’s and is the most humane and cost-effective solution to ending homelessness for vulnerable people: individuals and families dealing with mental illness, trauma/abuse, addiction, and chronic illness including HIV/AIDS.

Supportive housing is permanent and affordable – all tenants hold leases and pay about a third of their income in rent. The residences are owned and operated by nonprofit organizations - and are accountable to their city, state, and federal funders.

Because supportive housing either replaces a blighted building or lot, it jump-starts neighborhood renewal. Because of front desk coverage 24/7 as well as security features, supportive housing frequently contributes to increased community safety. As a result, studies have shown that supportive housing increase property values.

History of Supportive Housing

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