Permanent Supportive Housing
The WVU School of Public Health Housing First Program
The Permanent Supportive Housing program provides health-based case management to individuals who are chronically homeless. We utilize the Housing First approach to quickly and successfully connect individuals and families experiencing homelessness to permanent housing without preconditions and barriers to entry. We have strong partnerships with community medical, mental health, substance abuse, and other service providers. Our goal is to improve health outcomes through stable housing.
Through a partnership with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), we lease apartments in our service area for individuals and families. Potential clients must meet HUD’s definition of chronically homelessness, which is (1) having an eligible disabling condition, and (2) living in a shelter or a place not meant for human habitation. Homelessness must be for a period of one year, or there must have been four separate occurrences of homelessness in the last three years.
We work with eligible individuals and families to assist them in accessing services. Persons who receive housing services through the WVU program and who have income will pay 30 percent of their income toward rent and utilities.
For more information about our services, please contact our office at 304-293-7486. You can also call our toll free number at 877-231-7486.
Our service area comprises the following West Virginia counties:
- Healthcare linkage services
- Housing Placement
- Individual Service Plans
- Case Management
- Life Skills
Accessing services is often a barrier to housing. We work with persons we identify as eligible for other housing and assist them in accessing those services. Persons who receive housing services through the WVU program and who have income will pay 30 percent of their income toward rent and utilities.