The Supportive Housing Initiative was developed by the Executive Office of Elder Affairs (Elder Affairs) and the Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) to create a supportive living environment in state funded public elderly/disabled housing. This program was first implemented on a pilot basis in 1999 at three elder housing developments. It has since been expanded to over 40 towns. By pooling resources that are currently being invested by an Aging Service Access Point (ASAP) and a housing authority in an existing development, frail, low-income elders have an opportunity to access a model of affordable supportive housing that promotes independence and aging in place.
Services are offered on an as needed basis, 24 hours per day. The following are some of the services that are available to elders participating in this program:
- Service coordination
- Case management
- 24-hour personal care/on-site or on-call. This service is designed to respond to unscheduled resident needs as well as to monitor residents who need scheduled assistance.
- Homemaker services and laundry
- Medication reminders
- Social activities
- At least one group meal per day
- Alphabetical List of sites that participate in the Supportive Housing Program