This includes all services provided to residents of supportive housing programs by the supportive housing agency. The objective of the program is to assist individuals in locating and securing housing of their choice and in accessing the supports necessary to live successfully in the community. Services may include assistance with choosing housing, roommates, and furniture; providing financial assistance with purchasing apartment furnishings and with initial apartment/utility deposits, assistance with resolving roommate or landlord issues that may jeopardize the stability of the housing placement; and linking residents to a comprehensive community support system of case management, mental health and general health supports.
Rental assistance is provided to residents of supportive housing programs through the means of a voluntary agency-administered rent stipend mechanism. Residents are expected to contribute 30% of their income toward the cost of rent and utilities in decent, moderately priced housing in the community; the difference between the residents' contribution and the actual cost of the housing is paid directly to the landlord on behalf of the program residents.