Increasing Access to Housing

Our Expertise and Work in Increasing Access to Housing

HomeBase works closely with state agencies and local communities to develop innovative strategies for increasing access to permanent housing, including:

  • San Francisco's Single Room Occupancy (SRO) Hotel Inventory, to collect data on over 500 SRO’s and bring them into the City's permanent housing inventory
  • San Francisco's Report on Leasing and Landlord Engagement Strategies, to add additional units to the City's permanent housing inventory by engaging landlords and quickly leasing up new units as they become available.
  • Washington's and California's Section 1115 Medicaid demonstrations, to increase funding resources for PSH—for example, by making case management and other supportive services Medicaid-reimbursable
  • Washington's Transitional Housing (TH) Conversion Toolkit, to help communities maximize the impact of their housing resources by helping TH projects convert to Permanent Supportive Housing.

Chronic Homelessness and Access to Housing

A particularly effective strategy for ending chronic homelessness is Permanent Supportive Housing (PSH), which combines affordable permanent housing with supportive services targeting the specific needs of an individual or family. PSH has been shown to improve housing stability, as well as reduce behavioral health symptoms and usage of emergency rooms, ambulances, jails, and other public services.

Through direct technical assistance, HomeBase helps communities maximize the effectiveness of PSH by increasing their access to housing—for example, by adding new housing units to the PSH inventory; improving community capacity to identify and lease up new units of PSH; identifying non-traditional sources of PSH funding; and converting existing housing resources for use by PSH programs.