Federal Funding Should Expand Rental Assistance and Supportive Housing
Supportive housing — an effective strategy that combines affordable housing with intensive coordinated services — can help people struggling with chronic physical and mental health issues maintain stable housing and receive appropriate health care, yet only a small portion of those who need supportive housing receive it.
In a new paper “Supportive Housing Helps Vulnerable People Live and Thrive in the Community” and recent blog, the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities (CBPP) Ehren Dohler, Peggy Bailey, Douglas Rice, and Hannah Katch examine the evidence on the effectiveness of supportive housing and recommend ways policymakers can help expand its availability.
“Supportive housing effectively helps people with disabilities — especially people experiencing homelessness for a long time — stay in stable housing, a broad body of research shows. It also helps people with disabilities get better health care, and it’s growing as a model to assist seniors trying to stay in the community as they age and families trying to keep their children out of foster care. And people in supportive housing use costly systems like emergency health services less frequently and are less likely to be incarcerated.”
Writes Ehren Dohler In a June 6, 2016 blog post.
The paper highlights options for expanding rental assistance and supportive housing development:
- Expand the Housing Choice Voucher program
- Expand smaller federal programs that provide rental assistance to special populations
- States could fund additional rental assistance
- Service providers and advocates could build partnerships with housing providers to help them target more federal rental assistance for supportive housing
- State and federal policymakers could direct more development resources to supportive housing
To expand rental assistance and supportive housing development, it is critical that there are no cuts for federal housing programs. Join Monarch Housing in Washington DC on July 13, 2016 for our Congressional Reception and tell our elected officials “No Cuts for Housing.”
These are the first publications of CBPP’s new Connecting the Dots project. Connecting the Dots advances policies to improve health care delivery and other services for people with significant physical, mental, and substance use conditions, including many individuals who are reentering the community from the criminal justice system.
In addition to health care, these individuals often need affordable housing linked to support services, and the systems offering these services need to be well-coordinated. Better coordination can not only improve lives but can save money.
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