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Permanent Supportive Housing for Individuals and Families (Project Based, Tenant Based, Local Veterans)

What is Permanent Supportive Housing (PSH)? 

Provides long-term housing voucher and intensive case management to individuals and families who are chronically homeless and continue to be at imminent risk of becoming homeless. PSH has three sub-programs that provide housing services: 

  • Tenant-Based: Voucher is issued to the tenant and tenant can select a unit anywhere within the District of Columbia 
  • Project-Based: Voucher is attached to unit and not to the tenant 
  • Local Veterans: For chronically homeless individuals with other than honorable/dishonorable discharge from US military who are not eligible for Veteran Health Administration (VHA) services. The program operates like the Tenant-Based PSH Program. 

Eligibility: 

  1. 1+ years of documented chronic homelessness (1 consecutive year or experienced 4 episodes of homelessness within the last 3 years that accumulate to at least 1+ year) and chronic disabling condition 
  2. Limited income earning potential 
  3. Need for intensive case management 

What is provided? 

  • Long-term rental assistance 
  • Individualized intensive case management 

Who provides case management? 

  • Tenant- and Project-Based PSH: DHS Contracted Case Management Providers 
  • Local Veterans: DHS assigned Social/Case Worker 

What is expected of clients? 

Connecting with their assigned case manager at a minimum of 4 times a month and participate in: 

  • Housing navigation & stabilization 
  • Creation and participation in the Service Plan 
  • Pay 30% of gross income towards rental payments and utility payments 

Families or Individuals may only be referred to and access PSH through the Coordinated Assessment and Housing Placement (CAHP) system.

For more information on the Housing Supportive Services Medicaid Benefit, please see here.