New Financing Available for the Creation and Operation of Community-Based Supportive Housing

The Illinois Housing Development Authority (IHDA) is now accepting applications for two programs to fund the development and operation of Permanent Supportive Housing (PSH) for special needs populations and persons with disabilities, including residents who are transitioning out of nursing homes and into community living.

This round of IHDA’s Permanent Supportive Housing Development Program will fund developments serving low-income persons with disabilities, persons experiencing homelessness and other vulnerable populations. Eligible developments may contain no more than 25 units and are required to set aside a minimum of 10 percent of the units for referrals through the Statewide Referral Network. Funding will be awarded to the highest scoring applications.  The deadline for submitting applications under the Permanent Supportive Housing Development Program has been extended to February 27, 2017.

IHDA is also seeking applications from property owners for rental subsidies under the Long Term Operating Support Program (LTOS). Rental subsidies will be provided over 15 years to eligible landlords serving households referred through the Statewide Referral Network. LTOS grants will be awarded to the highest scoring applications to bridge the gap between the contract rent and what extremely low-income households can afford to pay. Eligible developments must be located outside the City of Chicago, meet the accessibility requirements listed in the Request for Application, and commit to accepting tenants referred through the Statewide Referral Network in order to be considered. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until further notice.

We encourage all eligible developers and property owners to apply for these opportunities. PSH is a proven and effective means of stabilizing the lives of vulnerable families and individuals. See the applicable Request for Application on IHDA’s Supportive Housing page (for PSH) and the Rental Assistance page (for LTOS) for more details. Please direct any questions to