What is Supportive Housing?

Supportive housing is a community-based service model that provides housing integrated with mental health services, primary health care, alcohol and drug services, case management and social services to help homeless people living with mental illness gain stability, and live more productive lives.

Supportive housing programs are used throughout the United States as a way to solve the dual challenges of homelessness and mental illness.

Supportive housing consists of two main components: permanent housing and mental health and social services.

In the San Diego region, the County of San Diego’s Behavioral Health Services Division (BHS) is partnering with service providers and housing developers to address the dual stigmas of homelessness and mental illness. This partnership recognizes that Housing Matters, because housing in combination with mental health and social services can break the cycle of homelessness. Home is where recovery begins.

The County of San Diego’s Behavioral Health Services Division (BHS) partners with service providers and housing developers to provide supportive housing opportunities for homeless individuals with mental disabilities. If you or someone you know needs housing and suffers from a mental illness, please refer to our list of Housing Resources.