Public Housing Agencies and Permanent Supportive Housing for Chronically Homeless People. Notes


  1. Also known as "Section 8" after S.8 of the U.S. Housing Act. Section 8 refers to other housing assistance programs, as well as HCVs.

  2. See for a summary of new HCVs funded from 2005 to 2010.

  3. The 2010 Annual Homeless Assessment Report. HUD Office of Community Planning and Development, 2011.

  4. Cunningham, M., Popkin, S., and Burt, M. (2005). Public Housing Transformation and the “Hard to House,” Urban Institute,

  5. For more information about PHAs and collaborations to provide services to frail elderly tenants see

  6. See

  7. The Technical Assistance Collaborative has created a database of vouchers that have been allocated for people with disabilities or other special needs

  8. For more information about the PHPC grant program see

  9. For a current list of MTW sites see

  10. HUD Report to Congress, Moving to Work: Interim Policy Applications and the Future of the Demonstration (August 2010).

  11. PHAs may use an open RFP process that does not have a fixed deadline for applications, but instead allows consideration of applications on a “rolling” basis, as long as the RFP specifies the timeframe and process for considering applications.

  12. Also referred to as the Impacts of Housing and Services Interventions on Homeless Families, or the Homeless Families Impact Study.

  13. SAMHSA's EBP Kit for Supportive Housing is available at

  14. See

  15. See

  16. See

  17. In this paper, we are focused on the role of PHAs, so our discussion here focuses primarily on the PHA role in providing housing assistance to PSH “graduates.” The goal of ongoing supportive services is to ensure that people leaving PSH can maintain their housing and pursue other goals related to health and wellness. To the extent permitted by funding and other program requirements, PSH service-providers may be able to offer ongoing help to former tenants, if the tenants return to the PSH site or program office, or through phone calls or home visits. More generally, PSH “graduates” may be able to maintain their connections to health care and support services when they move on from PSH if Medicaid financing is used to pay for health care, treatment, and other support services for PSH tenants and these services are provided by organizations that deliver care in a range of community settings.

  18. A full discussion of these legal issues is beyond the scope of this issue brief. For more information, see “Between the Lines,” CSH’s guide to legal issues in supportive housing, available at

  19. For more information see Issue Paper #3 in this series, Martha R. Burt and Carol Wilkins, Establishing Eligibility forSSI for Chronically Homeless People. []

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