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Supportive Housing Program

Grants offered through a competitive process for new construction, acquisition, rehabilitation, or leasing of buildings to provide transitional or permanent housing, as well as supportive services to homeless individuals and families; grants to fund a portion of annual operating costs; and grants for technical assistance.

Nature of Program: The Supportive Housing program is designed to promote the development of supportive housing and supportive services to assist homeless persons in transitioning from homelessness, and to promote the provision of supportive housing to enable homeless persons to live as independently as possible. Grants under the Supportive Housing Program are awarded through a national competition held annually.

Applicant Eligibility: State or local governmental entities, private nonprofit organizations, or community mental health associations that are public nonprofit organizations.

Legal Authority: Subtitle C of Title IV of the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act (42 U.S.C. 11381-11389). Regulations are at 24 CFR part 583.

Note: The Act to Prevent Mortgage Foreclosures and Enhance Mortgage Credit Availability Act was signed into law on May 20, 2009 (Public Law 111-22). Division B of this new law is the Homeless Emergency Assistance and Rapid Transition to Housing Act of 2009 (HEARTH Act). The HEARTH Act amends the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act (42 U.S.C. 11371 et seq.) by consolidating and amending three separate homeless assistance programs (the Supportive Housing program, the Shelter Plus Care program, and the Moderate Rehabilitation/Single Room Occupancy program) carried out under title IV of the McKinney-Vento Act into a single grant program called the Continuum of Care Program. The Supportive Housing Program will cease to exist upon implementation of the Continuum of Care program.

Administering Office: Office of Special Needs Assistance Programs (SNAPS) in the Office of Community Planning and Development, Assistant Secretary for Community Planning and Development, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, Washington, DC 20410-7000.

Information Sources: Administering office and local HUD field offices. On the Web

Current Status: Active.