Defining and Funding the Support in Permanent Supportive Housing: Recommendations of Health Care Centers Serving Homeless People

This report seeks to determine if and how health care providers for the homeless link their clients to supportive housing and document promising practices in permanent supportive housing.

This report is the result of a collaborative partnership between the National Health Care for the Homeless Council (National Council) and the Corporation for Supportive Housing (CSH).  The goals of this project were:

  • To identify and document how Health Care for the Homeless (HCH) providers and Community Health Centers (CHCs) have linked to supportive housing;
  • To identify policy opportunities and obstacles encountered in financing and delivering health care in supportive housing;
  • To document and share promising practices in permanent supportive housing; and
  • To recommend strategies for increasing the capacity of Federally Qualified Health Centers to participate in supportive housing.

To accomplish these goals, the National Council convened a working group comprised of HCH/CHC providers and supportive housing experts whose charge was to identify program models and health service delivery and financing approaches in permanent supportive housing (PSH).  The recommendations contained in this report were derived from discussions involving members of this working group which occurred over a 10-month period, November 2006 through August 2007 (Authors)

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Washington, DC, USA