The solution to homelessness is – housing! Permanent Supportive Housing provides longer-term rental assistance, case management and supportive services to the most vulnerable chronically homeless individuals and families in the community. Permanent Supportive Housing is a proven solution to chronic homelessness.
The Alabama Balance of State Continuum of Care Permanent Supportive Housing programs ARCH CONNECTION and PROJECT CHANGING LIVES provides rental assistance and access to supportive services for individuals, youth, and families experiencing homelessness and have an identified disability verified by medical professionals. Referrals are available through the Rural Alabama Coordinated Assessment System to ensure households with the greatest need and/or barriers to housing stability are prioritized for rental assistance. CoC PSH allows for a variety of housing choices and access to a range of community-based supportive services based on the individualized needs of participants. Tenant support-service include but are not limited to public benefits acquisition, life skills training, employment training, childcare, and transportation to name a few.
Permanent Supportive Housing (PSH) is guided by the principles of Housing First and harm reduction. Housing First focuses on providing housing to homeless people as quickly as possible and then providing supportive services as required. The harm reduction model is used in the context of homeless people who engage in substance abuse. It focuses on serving the client while also reducing the negative consequences of the client’s substance abuse.
(Documentation of a disability must come from a credentialed and licensed psychiatrist or medical professional trained to make such a determination or from the Social Security Administration).
Please note to qualify for permanent housing under the Permanent Supportive Housing Program, at least one member of the household must have disability as described above.