Implementing permanent supportive housing for people with disabilities in Louisiana

Permanent supportive housing provides decent, safe and affordable rental houses combined with essential supportive services for vulnerable people with disabilities who are homeless or most at risk of homelessness. The Foundation has been a major promoter of using this approach to provide better care and to reduce the use of costly and inefficient facilities such as emergency rooms, inpatient medical care, state psychiatric and substance abuse facilities, homeless shelters, jails and prisons. In 2005, the Foundation was a founding member of the Partnership to End Long Term Homelessness (PELTH), a collaboration of five foundations, two financial institutions and two nonprofit groups established to promote supportive housing as a solution to address chronic homelessness. A one-time only $1-million grant was made for the purpose of helping PELTH fuel additional local efforts to create permanent supportive housing. In response to the devastation caused by hurricanes Katrina and Rita, PELTH worked with the Technical Assistance Collaborative (TAC--a technical assistance provider for services in supportive housing that RWJF helped to create in 1992) to explore creating a permanent supportive housing initiative in Louisiana. The outcome of these efforts was a $600-million, 3,000 unit permanent supportive housing initiative incorporated within the Louisiana Recovery Authority's federally approved The Road Home Plan and funded by Congress. This grant provides RWJF funding provide direct capacity building, technical assistance and policy support to key service system organizations to ensure they can effectively undertake the development, ramp-up and delivery of sustainable supportive services for the 3,000 new units. A companion grant of up to $450,000 is being provided by the Melville Charitable Trust to support related housing policy, development activities and leadership capacity building. The purpose of this grant is to help ensure: (1) the return of the most vulnerable people affected by the hurricanes to their home communities through the creation of a new and sustainable permanent supportive housing system; and (2) the successful implementation of the nation's first large-scale permanent supportive housing initiative that relies on an integrated and scattered-site permanent supportive housing approach linked with an evidenced-based mobile community support service model.

Grant Details

Amount Awarded $2,353,248.00

Awarded on: 11/14/2006

Time frame: 11/15/2006 - 11/14/2011

Grant Number: 59160


Technical Assistance Collaborative Inc.

31 Saint James Avenue, Suite 710
Boston, 02116-4188


Stephen L. Day
Project Director