How’s Nashville is following the principles of permanent supportive housing. Here are the main characteristics of permanent supportive housing:
- Housing is affordable meaning that households should not spend more than 30% of their adjusted monthly income towards the cost of rent and utilities.
- Housing is permanent without any time limits for the length of stay.
- Residents sign their own lease and have the same rights any tenant has.
- Supportive services designed to assist a resident to work toward self-sufficiency are provided with the housing, but are voluntary (participation in services offered is not a condition for continued tenancy).
Permanent supportive housing is a successful and cost-effective solution to homelessness. It can be offered at site-based developments and scattered-site units – as long as the fundamental principles listed above are maintained.