Supportive Housing Program

The Supportive Housing Program is designed to promote the development of supportive housing and supportive services to assist homeless persons in the transition from homelessness and to enable them to live as independently as possible.

Program funds may be used to provide: (i) transitional housing

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within a 24-month period as well as up to six months of follow-up services to former residents to assist their adjustment to independent living; (ii) permanent housing provided in conjunction with appropriate supportive services designed to maximize the ability of persons with disabilities to live as independently as possible; (iii) supportive housing that is, or is part of, a particularly innovative project for, or alternative method of, meeting the immediate and long-term needs of homeless individuals and families; (iv) supportive services for homeless individuals not provided in conjunction with supportive housing,(v) safe havens for homeless individuals with serious mental illness currently residing on the streets who may not yet be ready for supportive services; and (vi)HMIS for developing management information systems to maintain data on beds, units and homeless individuals.

Agency - Department of Housing and Urban Development

The Department of Housing and Urban Development's mission is to increase homeownership, support community development and increase access to affordable housing free from discrimination. HUD fulfills this mission through high ethical standards, management and accountability, and by forming partnerships with community organizations.

Office - Designated contact person for the Supportive Housing Program in HUD Field Offices with a Community Planning and Development Division.

Program Accomplishments

5,235 applications were received for the Supportive Housing Program as of the end of fiscal year 2007. 4,964 project applications received conditional grant awards.

Uses and Use Restrictions

Eight types of assistance may be provided for Supportive Housing: acquisition of structures for use as supportive housing or in providing supportive services; rehabilitation of structures for use as supportive housing or in providing supportive services; new construction of buildings for use as supportive housing under limited circumstances; leasing of structures for use as supportive housing or in providing supportive services; operating costs of supportive housing; costs of providing supportive services to homeless persons; costs of implementing and operating management information systems; and administrative costs not to exceed five percent of the SHP grant.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

States, local governments, other governmental entities, private nonprofit organizations, and community mental health associations that are public nonprofit organizations.

Beneficiary Eligibility

Homeless individuals and families with children.


Private nonprofit entities must establish eligibility based on documentation showing they have tax exempt status under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code; are a certified United Way Agency; or have a voluntary board and a functioning accounting system.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

An environmental assessment is required for this program.

Any application that HUD determines would have a significant adverse impact on the human environment would not be eligible for funding.

All components of this program are excluded from coverage under E.O.


Application Procedures

One application package prescribing the specific information that applicants must submit is available. The standard application forms as furnished by HUD must be used for this program. Any proposed project under this program must be consistent with the applicable HUD-approved Consolidated Plan and must be permissible under applicable zoning ordinances and regulations.

Award Procedures

HUD reviews applications, rates and ranks those meeting threshold requirements, and prepares a Grant Agreement for those applications selected.


A Notice of Fund Availability announces deadlines for completed applications and time frames for HUD selections.


McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act of 1987, Title IV, Subtitle C, as amended.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

Processing of applications will take place in HUD Field Offices and at HUD Headquarters, and selection of successful applicants will take place at HUD Headquarters. HUD will make its final selections and obligate funds as soon as the applications can be processed.


Applicants may appeal funding decision if they believe a HUD error has occurred.


Information on renewals is contained in the Notice of Fund Availability and the application package.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

Recipients must match grants for acquisition, rehabilitation, and new construction, with an equal amount of funds from other sources. Recipients must also provide a cash match for support services and operations. The Supportive Housing Program will pay no more than 80 percent of total support service costs, 75 percent of total operating costs or 80 percent of total HMIS costs.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

Grants may be made available for up to 3 years for leasing, operating, supportive services and HMIS costs.

Post Assistance Requirements


Each recipient must keep any records and make any reports as specified by HUD.


The financial management systems used by governmental entities that are recipients under this program must provide for audits in accordance with 24 CFR 45. Private nonprofit entity recipients are subject to the audit requirements of 24 CFR 44. Both 24 CFR Part 44 and 45 stipulate that grant recipients and their subgrantees provide audits in accordance with OMB Circular No. A-133. HUD may perform further and additional audits as it finds necessary or appropriate. In accordance with the provisions of OMB Circular No. A-133, (Revised, June 27, 2003), "Audits of States, Local Governments, and Non-Profit Organizations," nonfederal entities that expend financial assistance of $500,000 or more in Federal Awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Nonfederal entities that expend less than $500,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for the year, except as noted in Circular No. A-133.


Each recipient must agree to participate in an evaluation of the program, and to keep any records and make any reports that HUD may require for the purpose of reporting to Congress on the cost of the program and the social, financial, and other advantages of supportive housing components as a means of assisting homeless persons.

Financial Information

Account Identification



(Grants) FY 07 $951,924,000; FY 08 est $1,059,172,000 and FY 09 est $1,096,317,000. (NOTE: Amounts reported reflect allocation of new budget authority rather than obligation amounts.)

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

HUD imposes the following limitations: (1) Acquisition and/or rehabilitation construction grants for the Supportive Housing Program may not exceed 200,000 (up to $400,000 in high cost areas); new construction may not exceed $400,000; (2) funding of up to 75 percent for operating costs; (3) funding of up to 80 percent for supportive services and HMIS costs; and (4) the program provides grants for leasing costs for up to 3 years.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

24 CFR 583 published in the Federal Register. Other program information is available from Community Connections at (1-800) 998-9999.

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office

Designated contact person for the Supportive Housing Program in HUD Field Offices with a Community Planning and Development Division.

Headquarters Office

Robyn Raysor, Office of Special Needs Assistance Programs, Community Planning and Development, Department of Housing and Urban Development, Room 7266, 451 7th Street, S.W., Washington, DC 20410. Telephone: (202) 708-4300. Use the same number for FTS. E-mail:

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

Criteria for selecting applications for assistance are defined in a Notice of Funding Availability in the Federal Register.

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