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Two Models of Supportive Housing

Scattered Site

  • Rental units located throughout the community;
  • Apartments or single-family homes;
  • Case managers may be mobile and provide services in the home, or patients can receive care at FQHCs or other partner facilities;
  • Patients also referred to providers in their community;
  • Little or no up-front capital investment; and
  • Works well in communities well supplied with MH, BH and other service providers needed to effectively treat this population.

Availability of Units:

  • Lease existing units immediately from landlords willing to participate, or identify tax-credit units about to come online.
  • Most federally sponsored subsidies require that units meet Fair Market Rent guidelines and Section 8 inspection standards.

Single Site or Mixed Single Site

  • Units located in a single building;
  • Many services provided onsite by hired staff, through partnerships with providers or onsite at a provider facility;
  • Depending on financing:
    • 100% units reserved as supportive housing
    • Percentage of units set aside as supportive housing, remainder reserved as market-rate housing for the general population
  • Good option for cities with a shortage of affordable rental units to meet Fair Market Rent guidelines.

Availability of Units:

  • Existing units are likely to be filled, with a low turnover rate.
  • New units will need to be created through construction or rehabilitation.
  • For this reason, scattered site complements single site nicely.