Connecticut Supportive Housing Initiative
The Supportive Housing Initiative is an inter-agency, public/private collaborative effort to foster the development of long-term solutions to the housing and service needs of families, individuals and young adults, coping with psychiatric disabilities and/or substance abuse who are homeless or facing homelessness.
Impact and Outcomes
Since 1995, CT’s Supportive Housing Initiative has funded more than 1,600 units of supportive housing through three Initiatives:
1995-2000 Supportive Housing Demonstration Program 281 units
2000-2005 Supportive Housing PILOTS Initiative 700 units
2005–present Next Steps Supportive Housing Initiative 771 units
Additionally, the State of Connecticut has created 80 units of supportive housing targeted specifically frequent users of jail and shelter through the Frequent Users Services Engagement (FUSE) Program. FUSE units are currently located in 5 communities throughout CT (Hartford, New Haven, Bridgeport, Waterbury and Southeastern CT)
The Connecticut Supportive Housing Initiative is lead by the State Interagency Committee on Supportive Housing. This group currently consists of the Connecticut Housing Finance Authority (CHFA), the Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services (DMHAS), the Department of Social Services (DSS), the Department of Children and Families (DCF), the Department of Economic and Community Development (DECD), the Department of Correction (DOC), the Court Supervised Services Division (CSSD) and the State Office of Policy and Management (OPM). The Corporation for Supportive Housing provides support and technical assistance to the State Interagency Working Group.