CSH and Hearth, Inc. Share Best Practices
Permanent Supportive Housing provides the stability that older adults and the elderly experiencing homelessness need to stay healthy. Typically, without a permanent home, this population experiences a mortality rate three to four times that of the general population.
The Corporation for Supportive Housing (CSH) and Hearth, Inc. have released a policy paper – Ending Homelessness among Older Adults and Elders through Permanent Supportive Housing – that discusses strategies for the following:
Target affordable housing for older adult and elderly populations by:
- Ensuring support is there to assist in navigation of the programs and services.
- Developing comprehensive services plans to emphasize coordination and accessibility.
- Tailoring those plans to the specialized needs of homeless older adults and elderly (chronic physical illness, mental illness).
- Creating clear communication strategies that alleviate fears of being put in a home and losing independence.
Promote the availability of permanent supportive housing to the older adult and elderly populations by:
- Creating more housing and renovate current stock since there is shortage of supportive housing for all groups and every unit of supportive housing for the elderly has 10 applicants.
- Revising federal and state policy to increase funding, make programmatic changes and foster interagency collaboration.
Click here to read the full report.