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HUD-funded Supportive Housing Programs (SHP) are an essential service within New Hampshire's homeless Continuum of Care. They are designed specifically to serve individuals and families who are homeless and have a disabling condition that prevents them from living independently. Designed to provide comprehensive case management, these programs meet the needs of the chronically homeless, persons with mental illness, dual diagnosis, Acquired Brain Disorder, and other disabling conditions. Providers include Community Action Agencies, Community Mental Health Centers and several smaller non-profit organizations. Direct services include case management, assistance with acquiring essential life skills, housing, and other supportive services that will ensure their housing placement is permanent.

Permanent Housing for Persons with Disabilities

HUD-funded permanent supportive housing providers offer housing and supportive services to homeless persons with disabilities such as mental illness, chronic substance abuse, dual diagnosis, or Acquired Brain Disorder. Residents of permanent housing programs benefit from facilitated access to health, mental health, and social support services offered by the programs and/or within the community. These HUD-supported programs include group homes and individual apartments within the community.

Transitional Housing for the Homeless

A first stop on the road to permanent housing! For many formerly homeless individuals and families, transitional housing is a crucial step on their journey from homelessness to permanent housing. Transitional housing provides housing plus support services aimed at assisting folks develop the life skills necessary to ensure that when they finally acquire housing it is indeed permanent. Program staff assist folks in accessing health and mental health care, assess for job readiness, and assist with developing life skills around successful household management such as budgeting, and being a good tenant. Their goal is to assist homeless individuals and families in transitioning to permanent housing.

Shelter + Care

Shelter Plus Care (S+C) programs are designed to provide both housing and support services to individuals or families who are homeless and need support to maintain permanent housing. To be eligible, participants must be homeless and living in an emergency shelter, the streets, or another place not meant for human habitation and have a disabling condition. HUD funding provides for a rental subsidy, and support services are provided through local service agencies, the cost of which serves as the financial "match" for the HUD funding. The program is designed to be flexible in meeting the needs of participants with housing options and varied support services that may include mental health treatment, healthcare, case management, substance abuse treatment, or assistance with other basic life skills. Program participants are required to pay a portion of their income toward rent and be actively engaged in services. Three S+C programs are funded through the Balance of State Continuum of Care (BOSCOC), two through the Center for Life Management (CLM) and one through Southwestern Community Services (SCS).

If You Want to Help the Homeless…

Donate to your local food bank or contact your local Community Action Agencies, the New Hampshire Coalition to End Homelessness (NHCEH), or non-profit in your area.

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