Step 8

Advocate that permanent supportive housing be reserved for the most chronic, most devastated men and women who have experienced long-term homelessness.

The best solution for many people who have been devastated by the experience of long-term homelessness is permanent supportive housing.

SRO (Single Room Occupancy) Housing is already providing permanent supportive housing, strong management, and crucial services that address underlying issues faced by those who are experiencing chronic homelessness. However, this is not the best solution for everyone. Despite what many believe, only 10%-20% of those experiencing homelessness are in a position where long-term supportive housing is their best option. The majority of individuals are capable of integrating back into society with the appropriate programs, services, and support they need. But we need more to focus on this initiative.

Action Steps

  • Encourage County Supervisors and City Council members to reserve permanent supportive housing, along with supportive services, for those who need it most.
  • Invite Rev. Andy Bales to come speak at your business, civic group, or faith community to discuss the difference between those who are best suited for immediate long-term supportive housing and those who are not.
  • Mobilize your business, civic group, or faith community to engage and offer acts of kindness to men and women experiencing chronic homelessness.
  • Encourage your church or faith community to connect people experiencing homelessness with available resources and consider establishing a structured transitional housing program. Contact Dan Anderson, Director of Strategic Partnerships, at 213-347-6305 to see how your house of faith can help.

Housing . . . for the most chronic, most devastated men and women.