Permanent supportive housing (PSH) is a proven solution for the most vulnerable chronically homeless people. PSH ends a person’s homelessness by pairing housing with case management and voluntary supportive services. Investments in PSH have helped decrease the number of chronically homeless individuals by 28 percent since 2008.
Despite the progress, only 42 percent of PSH beds across the country are dedicated to people experiencing chronic homelessness. As a result, fewer resources are available for those with the most intensive needs.
For the first time since 2008, the number of chronically homeless people increased in 2017. Dedicating more PSH beds to people who are chronically homeless will help communities scale up the resources they need to end chronic homelessness.