Permanent Supportive Housing (PSH)

Empowering homeless persons to live as independently as possible.

What Is PSH?

Permanent supportive housing is a beacon of hope for people experiencing chronic homelessness. PSH offers a place where they can finally find a safe and secure home and begin to rebuild their lives. Based on the principle that individuals need a stable home to address other life challenges, PSH stands apart from other housing assistance types. This is because it's permanent and doesn't impose requirements for sobriety or treatment participation before move-in. Additionally, PSH provides residents with access to voluntary supportive services, such as case management, mental health counseling, and substance abuse treatment.

How Does Permanent Supportive Housing Works?

PSH isn't a temporary fix. It's a commitment to providing individuals with not just shelter, but a home for as long as they need. The permanence underscores the belief in giving people the time and space to heal, grow, and thrive.

Our Permanent Supportive Housing Program

Penny Lane Centers offers Permanent Supportive Housing in Los Angeles. Our PSH program provides housing and supportive housing services to formerly homeless individuals to maintain stable housing.  Participants are referred through the Coordinated Entry System (CES) and then matched to one of the buildings that are operated by Penny Lane Center’s Property Development Company, Abbey Road and/or other community development agencies. The apartment buildings are project based vouchers (PBV), with the rent subsidized by Federal Department Housing and Urban Development (HUD)

How to Apply for Permanent Supportive Housing

To apply for permanent supportive housing through the Coordinated Entry System (CES), you must first contact a local CES access point. CES access points are typically social service agencies or homeless shelters. 

Once you have contacted a CES access point, you will be assessed to determine your eligibility for CES services. If you are eligible, you will be given a referral to a CES provider. The CES provider will then work with you to develop a housing plan and help you to apply for permanent supportive housing.

Permanent Supportive Housing Eligibility Requirements

To apply for permanent supportive housing, you will need to complete a paper PSH application and provide documentation to verify your eligibility. The specific documentation requirements typically include:

  • Proof of homelessness
  • Proof of income and assets
  • Documentation of any disabilities or medical conditions

The specific documentation requirements for proof of homelessness and proof of income and assets may vary by community. Your CES representative will provide guidance on the necessary documents for your application process.

Once you have submitted your application, the CES provider will review it and determine if you are eligible for permanent supportive housing. If you are eligible, you will be placed on a waiting list. The length of the waiting list will vary by community

You can review the latest changes to the CES PSH prioritization and matching, last updated in September 2023.

Beyond PSH

Our program goes beyond the traditional benefits of permanent supportive housing and commits to nurturing the overall wellness of our participants.

  • Assist the PSH applicant in ensuring that they meet the income restriction and completing the HUD application and getting approval.

  • Once approved and moved-in, Case Management will assess the needs of the new tenant, and provide in house and outreach services that fit the individual needs required.

  • Case Management will provide linkages to the individual for mental and physical health services, dental and optometry services and Substance Use Disorder (SUD) treatment.

  • Services’ goal is to assist the individuals in becoming part of the building and outside community, and making their unit a home.
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Other Housing Services Offered by Penny Lane Centers

Transitional Housing Placement Program for Non-Minor Dependents (THPP-NMD)

This program provides housing for foster youth who have chosen to stay in foster care past their 18th birthday. The young people in this program are still under the jurisdiction, supervision, and responsibility of the Department of Children and Family Services and/or the Department of Probation.

Transitional Housing Program for Young Adults

This program provides supportive services to at-risk and homeless youth between the ages of 18-24. The program is funded through Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority utilizing Measure H funding as approved by the voters in Los Angeles.

Housing Supported Services Program (HSSP)

This program provides comprehensive and intensive field-based community mental health services to individuals in Permanent Supportive Housing (PSH) who are formerly homeless and have a Severe Mental Illness (SMI) or Serious Emotional Disturbance (SED) .

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