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Permanent Supportive Housing

A variety of permanent supportive housing programs have been developed nationwide. Examples of single-site housing, integrated housing, and scatter-site housing are described next.

Single-Site Housing: Kelly Cullen Community, San Francisco, California

San Francisco’s former Central YMCA, located in the Tenderloin district, has been transformed into supportive housing and a health clinic for homeless people and community residents. Constructed in the early twentieth century, the landmark building had become unusable because of the need for significant infrastructure upgrades. The YMCA relinquished the building to the Tenderloin Neighborhood Development Corporation, a nonprofit housing developer. The five-year $91 million project, developed with federal, state, and tax credit equity funding, produced Kelly Cullen’s 174 permanent supportive housing units, each with a kitchenette, bathroom, and storage space. The Kelly Cullen Community also has common spaces for a kitchen, laundry room, and landscaped roof. The San Francisco Department of Public Health occupies the building’s first floor and provides medical, psychological, and social services to Kelly Cullen residents and members of the local community. A multi-agency team of social workers and nurses is onsite, as well as staff who help tenants manage money and coordinate rent payments (http://huduser.gov/portal/casestudies/ study_04062015_1.html).

 
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