Supportive Housing

Places families that are chronically homeless in a supportive home setting where they are offered services to help them stay housed.

Father with sonThe Supportive Housing model prioritizes families that face multiple barriers to obtaining stable housing, such as a long-term disability, mental illness, substance abuse or ongoing physical health issues. 

Through the Washington Youth & Families Fund, Building Changes has supported implementation and evaluation of a Supportive Housing pilot in 13 Washington counties. The pilot puts special emphasis on the appropriate screening of applicants to ensure that the families selected for the program are those with the greatest needs. This results in the highest use for a scarce and costly resource.

A multi-year study of this model, conducted by Westat, is helping Building Changes understand the needs of these families and their experiences in Supportive Housing. 

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