WHY SUPPORTIVE HOUSING?
Ivy Senior Apartments will combine affordable housing with comprehensive resident support services in a model known as “supportive housing.”
Services are designed to help residents live more stable, independent lives by helping in a variety of ways, including personal counseling, money management, employment, health and nutrition, and connections to primary healthcare providers.
Research shows this type of housing is a proven solution which has helped some cities reduce homelessness by as much as 90 percent.
Developing and operating supportive housing often costs the same or less than allowing a person to remain living on the streets.
Supportive housing operates under the Housing First model. The Housing First approach allows people to who are homeless to move into homes without prerequisites or conditions beyond those that would be required of a typical renter.
The Housing First approach is guided by the belief that people need basic necessities like food and a place to live before they can begin to focus on other areas of life improvement, such as getting a job, budgeting properly, or attending to substance use issues.
While in office, former Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Ben Carson spoke at the National Conference on Ending Homelessness in support of Housing First. He stated, "A man will not beat addiction from a gutter, he will not get psychiatric help underneath a bridge, and he will not find a steady job without a steady address."
Thanks to widely documented successes, HUD requires the Housing First approach in all of its housing programs as does the State of California and the City of San Diego.
In the Housing First / Supportive Housing model, participation in services is voluntary. Research has found that when residents choose to engage in services, they have better results than when the same services are mandatory.
And, it is important to note that although services are voluntary for tenants, they are not voluntary for supportive services staff. Staff are obligated to offer the services to tenants and to find effective strategies to engage them on an ongoing basis.
The Ivy Senior Apartments development team has found this to be an effective model in our existing supportive housing properties. For instance, at Wakeland's Talmadge Gateway, which also serves chronically ill seniors who have been homeless, 100% of residents participate in voluntary onsite services.