Permanent Supportive Housing is an evidence-based housing intervention that combines non-time-limited affordable housing assistance with wrap-around supportive services for people experiencing homelessness. Research has proven that supportive housing is a cost-effective solution to homelessness, particularly for people experiencing chronic homelessness.
Ted Talk on Housing First Model
Santa Ana's first Permanent Supportive Housing project's grand opening was held on February 1, 2018. With the City's investment of $1.2 million in HOME Program funds and 71 Project-Based Vouchers, this acquisition and rehabilitation project of the Guest House motel (renamed to the Orchard) currently provides 71 permanent supportive housing units with wrap-around supportive services for chronically homeless individuals. The Orchard, located at 2151 East First Street in Santa Ana, is comprised of 60 studio units and 11 one-bedroom units. Faces of Santa Ana mural.
Two additional Permanent Supportive Housing projects are in the pipeline for 2019. These include:
An acquisition and demolition project of an underutilized, blighted motel site to construct 56 permanent supportive housing units for chronically homeless individuals. The project includes 12 studios and 44 one-bedroom units with wrap-around supportive services.
Santa Ana Veteran's Village
The new construction of 75 permanent supportive housing units for homeless veterans. The project includes 70 one-bedroom and 5 two-bedroom units with wrap-around supportive services.