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Our Work Housing is Health Care

Developing permanent supportive housing to improve health outcomes and reduce costs.

We help communities create critical partnerships to plan for and develop permanent supportive housing for people who are homeless and frequently use emergency services.

Supportive housing links housing with on-site services such as tenancy support, employment assistance, and medical and behavioral health care. Permanent supportive housing is a cost-effective way to improve health outcomes and address issues that may have contributed to homelessness in the first place. Supportive housing is a “but for” health intervention: but for housing, people would not receive services, and but for services, they would not maintain stable housing.

Roughly 5% of patients account for 50% of health care costs. These patients’ high costs come from frequent emergency room visits and hospital stays. Some have untreated mental illnesses or substance use disorders, and regular interactions with law enforcement are also common. Often, these people are homeless or don’t have stable housing, making effective treatment and recovery more difficult. A safe place to live paired with supportive services improves health outcomes and reduces the need for high-cost emergency services.

Across the state, 89 people on FUSE lists have been placed in permanent supportive housing.

In 2023, 37 new units of permanent supportive housing were built, with an additional 41 under construction and slated for opening in 2024.

Read our 2022 Annual Report for more highlights!

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Our Approach

We collaborate with the Corporation for Supportive Housing, which uses its Frequent User System Engagement (FUSE) approach to identify how people are currently cycling through homelessness, emergency departments, the carceral system, and other emergency services to identify people who would most benefit from a supportive housing intervention. The Corporation for Supportive Housing works with communities to identify FUSE customers, develop partnerships and data sharing, and create service solutions focused on connecting people to services, securing housing, and keeping people housed.

Our Support

In this initiative, we support a limited number of technical assistance, feasibility, service package sustainability, and development grants for communities interested in creating supportive housing projects.

All funding under this initiative is by invitation only.


If you have a question about this initiative,
please email our program team.