Louisiana Succeeds in Taking Integrated Permanent Supportive Housing to Scale

Posted by Pam Blanton on February 20, 2012

from The Technical Assistance Collaborative

Louisiana’s 3,000 unit Permanent Supportive Housing Program, initially created as part of the state’s Road Home hurricane recovery plan, is the nation’s first cross-disability, integrated permanent supportive housing (PSH) initiative. To date the PSH program has housed over 2,300 of the most vulnerable people with disabilities across Louisiana’s Gulf Coast region.

“There are several unique features of this program that have important policy implications,” said Marti Knisley of the Technical Assistance Collaborative (TAC).  TAC has assisted Louisiana state officials with its program development, implementation and sustainability activities. “This systems-driven PSH initiative is very different from current practice in most communities.  The program relies on state-level partnerships to leverage mainstream affordable housing and services funding, and establishment of local infrastructure for outreach and service coordination.  Not only is this approach highly replicable and aligned with important federal policy initiatives like Olmstead, the supportive housing services are sustainable through Medicaid.”  READ MORE

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