Permanent Supportive Housing Programs

We help people with disabilities who are homeless and their family members find affordable rental housing.

About our programs

We administer Permanent Supportive housing programs to help to eligible individuals and families in Oakland County, Macomb County and Wayne County (except for the communities of Detroit, Hamtramck, and Highland Park).

Your program application will be processed for the county of which you area  resident. Once your eligibility is confirmed (see below), we aim to help you move in to housing within 60 days. You may live in any rental unit as long as:

  • The landlord is willing to work with the program and is in compliance with local and state rental rules
  • The rent is within limit
  • The unit passes a Housing Quality Standards inspection

Our programs provide monthly help with rent as well as services designed to help you maintain your housing.

Funding for our Permanent Supportive Housing programs comes from Continuum of Care Grants from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).

Why permanent supportive housing?

  • Available data reinforce evidence that permanent supportive housing is an effective approach for meeting the needs of people with disabilities and chronic health conditions who have experienced homelessness.
  • Research indicates that this combination of long-term housing and wraparound services leads to improved residential stability and reduction in psychiatric symptoms.
  • Studies have also found that supportive housing is associated with significant reductions in costs for emergency room visits, hospitalizations, shelters, sobering centers, jails, and other public services used by people experiencing homelessness.

Who is eligible?

Below are some of the basic eligibility requirements for our Permanent Supportive Housing programs.

Note: There may be other eligibility requirements that are not listed. To find out if you qualify, please call our Housing Resource Center at 248-269-1335.

Applicants must meet HUD’s Category 1 definition of homelessness

  • Individual or family who lacks a fixed, regular, and adequate nighttime residence, meaning: (i) Has a primary nighttime residence that is a public or private place not meant for human habitation; (ii) Is living in a publicly or privately operated shelter designated to provide temporary living arrangements (including congregate shelters, transitional housing, and hotels and motels paid for by charitable organizations or by federal, state and local government programs); or (iii) Is exiting an institution where (s)he has resided for 90 days or less and who resided in an emergency shelter or place not meant for human habitation immediately before entering that institution or chronic homelessness:  (1) A ‘‘homeless individual with a disability,’’ as defined in section 401(9) of the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act (42 U.S.C. 11360(9)), who: (i) Lives in a place not meant for human habitation, a safe haven, or in an emergency shelter; and (ii) Has been homeless and living as described in paragraph (1)(i) of this definition continuously for at least 12 months or on at least 4 separate occasions in the last 3 years, as long as the combined occasions equal at least 12  months and each break in homelessness separating the occasions included at least 7 consecutive nights of not living as described in paragraph (1)(i). Stays in institutional care facilities for fewer than 90 days will not constitute as a break in homelessness, but rather such stays are included in the 12-month total, as long as the individual was living or residing in a place not meant for human habitation, a safe haven, or an emergency shelter immediately before  entering the institutional care facility; (2) An individual who has been residing in an institutional care facility, including a jail, substance abuse or mental health treatment facility, hospital, or other similar facility, for fewer than 90 days and met all of the criteria in paragraph (1) of this definition, before entering that facility.
  • The head of household is disabled due to a severe mental illness and/or developmental disability.
  • Must be a resident of Oakland County, Macomb County and Wayne County (except for the communities of Detroit, Hamtramck, and Highland Park).

How can I access this service?

Please complete our Housing Needs Information Request form HERE or text “housing” to 248-269-1335.  Our compassionate, experienced housing specialists will screen you for these and other programs.