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 an "assisted living like" 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 22 locations. 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.

Like traditional assisted living, services are offered on an as needed basis, 24 hours per day. Residents who do not qualify for state funded home care services based on their frailty level and income are able to privately purchase the entire package of supportive services or some of the services based upon their need. Residents who are home care eligible receive all or some of the services at no additional cost. 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, on-call person
  • Homemaker services and laundry
  • Medication reminders
  • Social activities
  • At least one meal per day