Starting in 2007, the Center for Mental Health Services (CMHS) awarded Services in Supportive Housing (SSH) funds to fourteen grantees nationwide to provide intensive services to prevent or reduce chronic homelessness. The program now includes 62 grantees in 25 states and the District of Columbia. The exponential reach of this expansion promises to enhance the lives of many more individuals and families experiencing chronic homelessness. As the program moves forward, it will continue to build on the experience gained since 2007.
The SSH Annual Report describes the SSH program and its activities through the end of September 2010. Program outcomes to date indicate that SAMHSA’s requirement that SSH grantees use evidence-based practices in the delivery of services is an effective strategy that merits incorporation into future initiatives. Available data reinforce evidence that permanent supportive housing with wraparound services is an effective approach for meeting the needs of persons who have been chronically homeless. Housing stability is high, and the use of psychiatric inpatient services is low – two important indicators of success. Through September 10, 2010, 3,421 people who experienced chronic homelessness have found permanent homes and support through the program.
Read the 2010 SSH Annual Report.