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What is Integrated Supportive Housing?

Supportive housing is an evidence-based, cost-effective approach that combines permanent affordable rental housing with voluntary, flexible and individualized services to assist people with disabilities to live in the community.

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What is Integrated Supportive Housing?


The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), as interpreted by the U.S. Supreme Court's Olmstead decision, requires public entities such as states to administer services, programs, and activities in the most integrated setting appropriate to the needs of individuals with disabilities. Supportive housing is an evidence-based, cost-effective approach that combines permanent affordable rental housing with voluntary, flexible and individualized services to assist the most vulnerable people with disabilities to live in the community.

HUD's Section 811 Supportive Housing for Persons with Disabilities Program is a critical supportive housing program that assists the lowest income people with significant and long-term disabilities to live independently in the community by providing affordable housing linked with voluntary services and supports. The enactment of the Frank Melville Supportive Housing Investment Act of 2010 reforms Section 811, creating the opportunity to systematically develop thousands of new permanent supportive housing units integrated within affordable housing properties every year.

Using the new Section 811 integrated model, supportive housing units are included in high quality affordable rental properties that primarily assist households without disabilities. To maximize opportunities for community integration, this new approach requires that no more than 25% of the units in any Section 811 funded property be set aside for people with disabilities.