Brief How to Launch a Supportive Housing Pay for Success Initiative
Madeline Brown, Ruth Gourevitch, Martha M. Galvez
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Permanent supportive housing helps solve our country’s homelessness crisis by improving housing stability and reducing the use of public services. The permanent supportive housing approach is backed up by promising evidence, but it can face barriers to implementation because of a lack of political will and budgetary constraints. Some local governments are exploring a financing model called pay for success (PFS), which shifts the financial risk from traditional funders (typically a government) to alternative investors, such as foundations or banks. As of 2018, PFS had funded seven supportive housing interventions.

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Research Areas Nonprofits and philanthropy Housing
Tags Homelessness
Policy Centers Metropolitan Housing and Communities Policy Center Research to Action Lab
Research Methods Performance measurement and management
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