Abstract

Abstract:

Some populations have increased risks of experiencing chronic homelessness related to complex health and social needs combined with system failures. Permanent supportive housing (PSH) may improve housing and health outcomes for this population. To understand the scope of the literature on PSH, this scoping review uses Arksey and O'Malley's methodological framework enhanced by Levac and the Joanna Briggs Institute. A search was conducted across multiple databases for existing research on PSH. Forty-one studies were included, and five themes were generated: PSH sustains housing for most people; PSH is costly to implement, but costs can be recouped; PSH facilitates belonging and safety; single-site programs have social challenges but also provide efficiency and improve social networks; and visible on-site staff fundamentally helps those with highest support needs. Permanent supportive housing has been shown to be effective for those with the highest health and social support needs and is required to help prevent and end homelessness.

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