Permanent supportive housing is an intervention that combines permanent, affordable housing (tenants have the legal right to remain in the unit as long as they wish, as defined by the terms of a renewable lease agreement and pay no more than 30% of income for housing) with voluntary support services designed to help tenants stay housed and address health issues while building the necessary skills to live as independently as possible. PSH is an evidence-based housing intervention that significantly reduces returns to jail and homelessness, reliance on emergency health services, and improves overall quality of life.
Cross Park Place
Cross Park Place is a demonstration project for the state of Iowa formed by the Collaboration Committee of the Local Homeless Coordinating Board and incorporates the FUSE (Frequent User System Engagement) planning approach with the Housing First model, two nationally recognized programs evidenced based practices. Housing opportunities will be made available through a Housing First approach—a permanent housing intervention proven to save both money and lives—and will be targeted for the chronically homeless of our community demonstrating high cross-system service utilization.
Cross Park Place construction began in spring 2018 and is expected to be completed and accepting occupancy in December 2018. The building will be comprised of 24 one-bedroom apartments with on-site offices and an exam room for case managers and partnering health and behavioral health clinicians.
Shelter House currently provides permanent supportive housing through the Fairweather Lodge program—a demonstration program for the state of Iowa. Through the Fairweather Lodge participants establish both a permanent home and a community of support. The model is predicated on the belief that people who live and work together, and have significant control over their lives, can overcome homelessness and recover from their mental illnesses, becoming active and contributing members of the community. The Fairweather Lodge is an evidenced based practice incorporating psychosocial rehabilitation with the basic principles of group process and peer support.