In the last twenty years, supportive housing has emerged as an innovative and proven solution to one of our community's toughest social and economic problems: homelessness.
Supportive housing combines permanently affordable housing with the availability of free and voluntary support services for people who need them in order to move beyond homelessness.
Supportive housing is particularly helpful to individuals and families struggling with mental illness, substance abuse, domestic violence, and chronic medical problems. It makes a real difference in the lives of people who are vulnerable, marginalized and isolated from community supports and helps them achieve stability, autonomy and dignity.
Supportive housing works! Positive outcomes include unprecedented housing stability, significant improvements in management of mental and physical health, long term recovery from drug or alcohol addiction, and major gains in the quality of life for adults and children living in supportive housing communities. Overall, there is increasing evidence demonstrating that people living in supportive housing lead more stable and productive lives.
Supportive housing actually costs less to the community than paying to support people in shelters, jails, psychiatric hospitals, and other institutional settings that are often utilized by people who are homeless. The more stable our tenants are, the less they rely on scarce public resources such as emergency rooms or detox facilities.
Supportive housing helps build strong communities, safe neighborhoods, and provides opportunities for economic and social diversity throughout Washtenaw County. We all benefit by providing a safe and affordable housing opportunity for everyone in our community.
For more information visit The Corporation for Supportive Housing (CSH).
A national resource for learning more about supportive housing is the Corporation for Supportive Housing. This organization offers invaluable insight into ending homelessness through the creation of Permanent Supportive Housing. Avalon has partnered with CSH since 1996, when CSH began working in Michigan, and our Arbordale Apartments were the first CSH-sponsored units developed in Michigan.
Other National Organizations Include:
- National Alliance to End Homelessness
- Local Initiatives Support Corporation
- National Low-Income Housing Coalition
- U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)