While all residents of affordable housing can benefit from supportive services, several groups benefit more:
Individuals with Behavioral or Mental Health Issues: Supportive services linked to housing, studies show, significantly improve a range of outcomes for populations with behavioral health issues compared to similar populations housed without supportive services, including by ensuring longer duration of residence and reducing emergency room visits (1).
Individuals Living with Chronic Illness: Supportive services linked to housing are one of the most cost-effective interventions for individuals living with illnesses that require ongoing care and management, including HIV/AIDS, diabetes and other diet-related diseases, and aging-related diseases in older populations (2).
Formerly Incarcerated Individuals in the U.S.: Many subsidized housing offerings in the U.S. strictly prohibit formerly incarcerated individuals as tenants. For this and many other reasons (e.g., long waiting lists, resistance from landlords, incomes and work histories insufficient to pay rent), formerly incarcerated individuals often struggle to find stable, secure, permanent housing on their release from prison. Supportive services tied to accessible, affordable housing have been shown to reduce rates of recidivism (1).
Formerly Homeless Individuals: see Reduced Homelessness strategy.