What Is a Supportive Housing Application?

A supportive housing application is the document that begins the process by which an individual or family seeks assistance in securing a combination of affordable private housing and community support services. Supportive housing is typically sought as a means to transition from homelessness, disability-induced poverty or substance abuse.

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development issues grants to state and local governments, community mental health organizations, and other public and private nonprofit organizations to institute supportive housing programs in their communities. Information on how to apply for supportive housing programs is available through one's local housing authority. In addition to providing housing, supportive housing programs offer services such as job training, substance abuse, psychiatric counseling, social and educational programs, and child care.