HUD Supportive Housing Program

What Is the Supportive Housing Program?



The Supportive Housing Program is a Federal Grant Program authorized by the Stewart B. McKinney Homeless Assistance Act of 1987. It is designed, as part of the Continuum of Care strategy, to promote the development of housing and supportive services to assist homeless persons in the transition from streets and shelters to permanent housing and maximum self-sufficiency. The program is administered by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Special Needs Assistance Programs Office.

Who Is Eligible for Services Under the Supportive Housing Program?



Families or Individuals who are experiencing

  • Homelessness AND
  • At least one adult member of the home meets HUD’s definition of disabled

Who Is Considered Homeless?



A person is considered homeless only when he/she resides in one of the places described below:

  • In places not meant for human habitation, such as cars, parks, sidewalks, abandoned buildings, condemned buildings (on the street)
  • In transitional or supportive housing for homeless persons who originally came from the streets or emergency shelters
  • In an emergency shelter

Who Is Considered Disabled?



According to HUD’s Definition, a homeless person must have at least one of the following characteristics:

  • Considered disabled under Section 223 of the Social Security Act
  • Determined to have a physical, mental or emotional impairment of long-continued duration, impeding the ability to live independently, and of a nature that could be improved by more suitable housing
  • Having a developmental disability
  • Having AIDS or conditions arising from its etiological effects
  • Those struggling with chronic drug/alcohol addiction

What Is the Referral Process?



  1. Housing Case Manager receives a phone call from an agency interested in making a referral.
  2. Can the agency verify the potential participant’s homeless status and disability?
  3. If verified, a referral packet is sent to the agency. The packet must be returned with ALL needed documentation.
  4. Once the referral packet is received, the Housing Case Manager meets with the potential participant to go over program provisions and guidelines.
  5. If the potential participant accepts the terms and is approved, they are ready to start looking for housing.

Three Main Goals of the Supportive Housing Program



  • Achieve residential stability
  • Increase their skills and/or income
  • Obtain greater self-determination