The Supportive Housing Program (SHP) was designed to develop supportive housing and services that will allow homeless persons to live as independently as possible. SHP helps develop and provide housing and related supportive services for people moving from homelessness to independent, supportive living. Program funds help homeless people live in a stable place, increase their skills and their income, and gain more control over the decisions that affect their lives. 

Eligible applicants are States, units of local government and other governmental entities.

SHP has been consolidated with other HUD competitive homelessness assistance grant programs, including the Shelter Plus Care (SPC) Program and the Section 8 Moderate Rehabilitation/Single Room Occupancy (SRO) Program, to create the new Continuum of Care (CoC) Program.

Assistance in the Supportive Housing Program is provided to help homeless persons meet three overall goals:
  1. Achieve residential stability, 
  2. Increase their skill levels and/or incomes, and 
  3. Obtain greater self-determination (i.e., more influence over decisions that affect their lives). 
Specific performance measures for each of these three goals must be established based on the needs and characteristics of the homeless population to be served. Grant recipients are required to monitor their clients' progress in meeting their performance measures on an ongoing basis. In addition to record keeping and evaluation that grantees may conduct for their own purposes, HUD requires record keeping and annual progress reports. The annual progress report includes questions that ask grantees to report on their progress in meeting performance measures. Grantees are expected to make changes in their program or adjust performance measures in response to ongoing evaluation of their progress.

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SHP Team

Prudence Farrell, Elvin Mainor