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Permanent supportive housing

An evidence-based model that combines affordable housing and flexible supportive services for people experiencing homelessness, including those with criminal justice histories and behavioral health needs. Criminal justice agencies can partner with housing agencies and providers to develop supportive housing programs that target individuals who are leaving prisons and jails.

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Local Examples

Franklin County, OH Franklin County Board of Commissioners, Office of Justice Policy & Programs

  • Franklin County formed an agreement with the Corporation for Supportive Housing to provide supportive housing and connections to wraparound services for people reentering the community from jail.
  • The initiative aims to support people with high numbers of jail stays and jail days, including those who experience homelessness and have accessed hospital services a high number of times.

Los Angeles County, CA Los Angeles County Department of Health Services (DHS)

  • The Just in Reach (JIR) Project connects people in the Los Angeles County Jail who are experiencing homelessness and repeat jail stays to permanent supportive housing, treatment, and services.
  • The initiative uses a "Pay for Success" financing model, and is a collaboration between Los Angeles County DHS, Corporation for Supportive Housing, and the National Council on Crime and Delinquency. It was implemented in partnership with Los Angeles County Sheriff's Office and the Los Angeles County Chief Executive Office.
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Harris County, TX Houston Coalition for the Homeless

  • This county uses a “Housing First” approach to provide permanent supportive housing with wraparound supportive services to address the mental, physical, and behavioral health needs of people experiencing homelessness.

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Johnson County, IA Johnson County, IA, and Shelter House

  • Since January 2015, the county has partnered with Shelter House, a nonprofit homeless services provider, to offer the Low Barrier Winter Emergency Shelter for adults who experience chronic homelessness.
  • Johnson County’s Frequent User Systems Engagement (FUSE)-Housing First project provides permanent supportive housing to people who frequently cycle through a variety of emergency interventions.

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Type

Program

Measures

3 - Increase connection to treatment
4 - Reduce recidivism