Permanent Supportive Housing
Permanent Supportive Housing (PSH) is housing that is safe, secure, and affordable to the eligible target population (monthly rent and utilities does not exceed 30% of monthly household income). PSH is permanent with continued occupancy as long as the tenant pays the rent and complies with the terms of the lease or applicable landlord/tenant laws in the State of Louisiana. The housing is linked with supportive services that are: flexible and responsive to the needs of the individual; available when needed by PSH tenants; and accessible where the tenant lives.
To be eligible for PSH, a household must meet the following criteria established by the Department of Health and Hospitals (DHH):
- Low-income: at or below 50% of Area Median Income
- A member of the household must have a disability: a physical, mental, or emotional impairment which is expected to be of long-continued or indefinite duration.
- In need of support services from Permanent Supportive Housing: A household is considered to be in need of PSH if the disability substantially impedes ability to live independently without supports; and is of nature that such ability could be improved by more suitable housing conditions.
Substantial, long-term disability may include but is not limited to the following:
- Serious Mental Illness
- Addictive Disorder (i.e., individuals in treatment or recovery from substance abuse disorder)
- Development Disability (i.e. mental retardation, autism, or other disability acquired before the age of 22)
- Physical, sensory, or cognitive disability occurring after the age of 22.
- Disability caused by chronic illness (e.g., people with HIV/AIDS who are no longer able to work)
- Aging-related disability (i.e., frail elderly)
Applications are taken only during open application periods, which are announced in the newspaper. Announcements of the opening of an application period are sent to all applicable service, community, and public agencies within our service areas. Applicants must provide proof of income, disability, and need for the program. No applications will be taken outside of an open application period.