Permanent Supportive Housing
Based on the ‘Housing First’ model, Alternatives Living, Inc.’s PSH program provides supportive services to homeless and at-risk individuals with disabilities. Specifically, our Housing Support Teams provide individualized housing based supports that are designed to assist individuals and families to maintain tenancy. Services provided include but are not limited to: budgeting and money management, assessment and planning, crisis intervention, assistance with accessing community resources and entitlement benefits, life skills training, case management, advocacy, landlord mediation, etc.
Permanent supportive housing is a successful, cost-effective combination of affordable housing and supportive services that help people lead more stable, productive lives. People who live in Permanent Supportive Housing sign leases and pay rent just like their neighbors. PSH works well for people who face the most complex challenges such as individuals and families that have very low incomes and serious persistent issues that may include substance abuse, mental illness, HIV/Aids, and may also be homeless or at risk of homelessness. Permanent Supportive Housing comes with a vast array of supportive services including medical and wellness, mental health, substance use management and recovery, vocational and employment, money management, intensive case management, life skills, and tenant advocacy.
There is evidence of superior outcomes for Permanent Supportive Housing services based on the ‘Housing First’ concept. Several studies indicate that when PSH services are present, there is a: reduction in one’s time spent homeless; housing stability and behavior health outcomes for high need families are increased; improvements in mental health and substance abuse recovery occur; and, improvements in health outcomes for those living with HIV/AIDS occur. Housing retention rates for some of the most disabled PSH tenants are between 75-85%.
For more information or to apply for the Permanent Supportive Housing program, contact the State of Louisiana Office of Adult and Aging Services.