Building the Permanent Supportive Housing Pipeline

Supportive housing has been shown to be a cost-effective solution in communities across the country, particularly when targeted to people with the most extensive needs, including individuals with mental illness, chemical dependency, HIV/AIDS, and other co-occurring conditions. However,  many – if not most – communities across the country are not producing or acquiring permanent housing fast enough to meet the needs of individuals and families experiencing chronic homelessness.  As a result, it’s essential that communities take a more strategic approach to planning and tracking supportive housing production through the creation of a housing pipeline. 

The resources in the toolbar to the left, as well as the Supportive Housing Opportunities Planner (SHOP) tool, may be especially helpful to system planners, housing developers, and homeless service providers working to build their community’s supportive housing stock.