Supportive services must be integrated with housing in order to help low income people achieve housing stability. Those who are transitioning out of homelessness are often the greatest beneficiaries of this integrated approach.

“Housing Plus Services” is an umbrella term coined by the National Low Income Housing Coalition to captures the phenomenon of combined housing and service initiatives. Housing Plus Services refers to permanent affordable housing that incorporates various levels of services with housing, with services provided, preferably, by trained staff for whom service delivery, not property management, is their primary responsibility.

Our work in the broad Housing Plus Services subject area includes our support for programs at the intersection of housing and services that support the ability of the lowest income people, included those with service or accessibility needs, to have affordable housing, live where their choose, increase their earned income, and participate in decisions about their housing.

NLIHC supports: 

  • The highest possible funding for special population housing and other programs, including McKinney-Vento, Section 811, Section 202, Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS (HOPWA) Program, and healthy housing.
  • Permanent housing programs that prevent and end homelessness.
  • Policies that provide affordable housing options necessary to comply with the Olmstead decision.
  • The rights of residents and other low income community members to benefit from federal investment in local housing programs.
  • Enactment of Section 3 program reforms.
  • Updates to the funding formula for HOPWA.
  • Healthy housing legislation.

For more information about NLIHC’s Housing Plus Services work, please contact Elayne Weiss, Policy Analyst, at or 202-662-1530 x 243. Members of the media should contact Renee Willis, Vice President for Field and Communications, at 202.662.1530 x247 or

Housing Plus Services Resources

August 8, 2016

Veteran Homelessness Declines By Nearly Half Since 2010

HUD, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), and the U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness (USICH) announced that the number of veterans experiencing homelessness decrease 47% since 2010. Between January 2015 and January 2016 veteran homelessness declined 17%, quadruple the previous year's…

June 13, 2016

USICH Releases Criteria and Benchmark for Ending Chronic Homelessness

The U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness (USICH) released guidance issuing criteria and a benchmark for local communities to use in their efforts to end chronic homelessness. The document offers current best practices, including a five-pronged set of criteria describing essential elements of a…

June 6, 2016

Housing for Homeless Students Act Introduced

Representative Jim McDermott (D-WA) introduced the “Housing for Homeless Students Act” (H.R. 5290), which would allow full-time students who are or recently have been homeless to qualify for rental housing financed through the Low Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC) program. Students are currently…