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Supportive Housing Integrated Models Toolkit

In 2015, in partnership with the Illinois Housing Development Authority, CSH created the Supportive Housing Integrated Models Matrix, Expanded Project Profiles, and now the Supportive Housing Integrated Models Toolkit. All three are designed to build knowledge and confidence within the development community to create quality supportive housing and incorporate it into a variety of housing models that can adapt to community assets. Click on a model in the chart below to see the FAQ's, sample answers and download the complete overview.

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INTRODUCTION TO THE TOOLKIT

SUPPORTIVE HOUSING BASICS

Supportive Housing Integrated Models

Single Site

SUPPORTIVE & AFFORDABLE HOUSING


Scattered Site
Leasing
 

 

Supportive & Existing
Affordable Housing

Scattered Site  Ownership

 

Supportive & Market Rate Housing 

 

The toolkit addresses commonly asked questions about :

  • Supportive Housing Populations
  • Ownership, Partnership & Operations
  • Integration Strategies
  • Supportive Services
  • Financing

Complete Toolkit

Download the complete Toolkit here (1.5MB) or click on the model you would like to explore in the chart above. 

 

 

Introduction to the Supportive Housing Integrated Models Toolkit

For nearly 25 years, CSH has promoted the development of supportive housing that is both integrated into the community and responds to community needs. While developments exclusively serving extremely low-income populations with services needs in a single-site setting are most commonly associated with the term “supportive housing,” there are and have always been multiple strategies to create supportive housing in a community. In response to more recent trends to promote “integrated housing” where fewer supportive housing units are placed among a greater number of developments, CSH developed guidance on what “integration” of supportive housing looks like in a variety of settings.

In 2015, in partnership with the Illinois Housing Development Authority, CSH created the Supportive Housing Integrated Models Matrix, Expanded Project Profiles, and now the Supportive Housing Integrated Models Toolkit. All three tools are designed to build knowledge and confidence within the development community to create quality supportive housing and incorporate it into a variety of housing models that can adapt to community assets.

In creating and sharing the CSH Supportive Housing Integrated Models Toolkit, (the Toolkit) CSH strives to:

Build the capacity of the affordable housing industry to create and operate high-quality, effective, and sustainable supportive housing units in a variety of integrated models

Encourage investment in supportive housing, and increase its inclusion in traditional affordable or market rate housing developments

Answer commonly asked questions to foster familiarity about supportive housing populations and give realistic information tying directly to project planning and operations

Create a better understanding of the word “integration,” going beyond the number of units within any given development and encourage dialogue and ideas on how to promote community integration.

Through the Toolkit, CSH expects readers – developers, policy makers, service providers, and community residents - will learn the range of community responses offering permanent housing solutions that address local goals of helping individuals with a disability move into independent community based residential settings with minimal restrictions, or ending long term homelessness.

The design format of the Toolkit is a series of ‘Frequently Asked Questions' that CSH has developed based on feedback from communities exploring the nuances and differentiation across a diverse portfolio of supportive housing models: single-site supportive housing, scattered site supportive housing, and mixed-affordability options. The Toolkit enables you to search each of these models for information and considerations about Populations, Ownership Structures, Community Integration Strategies, Services Delivery and Financing. Use this guide to answer your questions, inform your planning, and seek out partnerships that advance supportive housing integration.

What type of supportive housing is right for our community?
There are a many of factors that impact which model is best in any given community. The Toolkit will provide detailed information to help you answer this question. It is important to remember, a “one size supportive housing model” does not fit all. Every community should have a range of housing options promoting choice for supportive housing populations.

Supportive Housing Basics

Quality supportive housing projects are as diverse as the communities in which they are located but all supportive housing:

  1. Targets households whose head of household is experiencing homelessness, at-risk of homelessness, or is inappropriately staying in an institution. They may also be facing multiple barriers to employment and housing stability, including mental illness, substance use and/or other disabling or chronic health conditions.
  2. Is affordable meaning the tenant household ideally pays no more than 30% of its household income toward rent.
  3. Provides tenant households with a lease or sublease identical to a non-supportive housing tenant - with no limits on length of tenancy, as long as lease terms and conditions are met.
  4. Proactively engages members of the tenant household with a flexible and comprehensive array of supportive services, without requiring participation in services as a condition of ongoing tenancy.
  5. Effectively coordinates among key partners to address issues resulting from substance use, mental health and other crises, with a focus on fostering housing stability.
  6. Supports tenants in connecting with community-based resources and activities while building strong social support networks.

See more in CSH's Dimensions of Quality Supportive Housing



Related Publications: Supportive Housing Integrated Models Matrix & Expanded Profiles

 

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