Taking Health Care Home: A national initiative to reduce chronic homelessness through the creation of supportive housing

The purpose of this project is to lay the groundwork for a national effort to significantly reduce chronic homelessness in major urban areas over the next decade. It will set the stage for public support and financing that would make permanent supportive housing a viable and integral component of the urban safety net. The target population will be some of the hardest to reach and most vulnerable people in our society--those with severe mental illness, chronic substance abuse problems, chronic illnesses (e.g., HIV/AIDS, heart disease), and who have been homeless for periods of one year or longer. This project is the culmination of 18 years of RWJF investments to help people who are homeless, including the creation of the grantee, the Corporation for Supportive Housing (CSH), and subsequently, the support of CSH to develop the Health and Housing Integrated Service Network (HHISN) model. The HHISN model is permanent housing that integrates the financing and organization of health and social services to provide more effective treatment and support for chronically ill homeless persons. The model has multiple impacts: (1) it gets homeless people off the street and into permanent housing, connecting them to needed health and social services; (2) it relieves hospital stays, and virtually eliminates residential mental health program use; (3) it reduces the use of other public services as well, such as jail and ambulance calls; and (4) it galvanizes a coalition of agencies and providers to work together in new ways that could provide a model for serving other special needs populations.

Grant Details

Amount Awarded $6,006,050.00

Awarded on: 7/29/2002

Time frame: 8/1/2002 - 3/31/2005

Grant Number: 43050


Corporation for Supportive Housing

61 Broadway, Suite 2300
New York, 10006-2807


Carla I. Javits
Project Director