Supportive Housing Program (SHP)
SHP is designed for single, homeless, disabled adults to obtain and maintain permanent housing. Support services are provided to individuals residing in HUD subsidized and other affordable housing. The Mental Health America reported that homeless people with mental illnesses are more likely to recover and achieve residential stability if they have access to supportive housing programs. SHP is a collaboration among the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), the Michigan State Housing Development Authority (MSHDA), the Detroit Wayne County Community Mental Health Agency, Detroit Central City, and private housing developers/providers. The goal of SHP is to assist persons in the transition from homelessness to permanent housing and enable them to live as independently as possible.
The target population for this program is single, adult, homeless persons in Wayne County who are currently residing in emergency shelters or transitional housing, at immediate risk of homelessness, or who are living on the streets. The program serves homeless persons with severe and persistent mental illness, persons with co-occurring disorders (i.e., severe mental illness and substance abuse), and/or with physical or health disabilities, who may also have a substance abuse problem.
The SHP program is designed to provide both permanent housing and support services. The program provides subsidies for housing in Wayne County which meet the standards of affordability and habitability and includes support services which assist the client in gaining the skills to remain in permanent housing. The program also provides linkages to applicable community resources and supports.