What is Permanent Supportive Housing?
"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, as well as other people with disabilities.
Research has proven that supportive housing is a cost-effective solution to homelessness, particularly for people experiencing chronic homelessness.
Study after study has shown that supportive housing not only resolves homelessness and increases housing stability, but also improves health and lowers public costs by reducing the use of publicly-funded crisis services, including shelters, hospitals, psychiatric centers, jails, and prisons." - United States Interagency Council on Homelessness
Plymouth Healing Communities opened Catherine Hofmann House II in July 2005, after a complete remodel. It is a permanent home to six residents in the Harborview Mental Health Services program, and is home to several House of Healing alumni. Harborview provides mental health and community living support, and Plymouth engages with each resident within our community companion model. Some residents are paired one on one with volunteers, others participate in our group events — going to cooking classes, plays, coffee dates. We also cook and share a community meal together once each month.
Plymouth Healing Communities purchased Agape House in Ballard in 2003. It was beautifully refurbished by Plymouth volunteers, and is currently a permanent home for five residents. It is the only property of Plymouth Healing Community’s which is supported by Community Psychiatric Clinic. Residents of the Agape House engage with our community companion program by preparing and sharing monthly meals together, watching movies, taking a yearly trip to explore Bainbridge Island together, and playing puzzles and games in local cafes, as well as meeting individually with community companion volunteers in the community.
The Admiral House is a fifteen-unit building of one bedroom and studio apartments in West Seattle, built by HUD in 2000 to serve as affordable housing. HUD transferred management of the Admiral to Plymouth Healing Communities in 2010, and we have continued to provide affordable housing to our residents. We also bring our companion model to the Admiral by having coffee socials and pastries each month, a yearly holiday party, and the opportunity to engage with community companion volunteers both individually and in groups. Many residents have begun to make nurturing connections with volunteers and explore parts and places in the city previously unavailable to them. Residents are also engaged with Harborview for mental health and supportive services.
ARGONAUT APARTMENTS & aRGONAUT hOUSE 2
The Argonaut Apartments began as an eight unit building of one bedroom apartments built by HUD in 1986 to serve as affordable housing. HUD sold the Argonaut to Plymouth Healing Communities in 2008, and in 2014 we completed a major capital campaign to add an additional six units and a beautiful community room. It continues to provide affordable housing to individuals, and Harborview provides mental health support to all residents. Our community companion program is engaged with Argonaut residents through monthly pizza parties, movie nights, trips to the thrift store, and being an engaged and supportive presence to all residents.
The Welcome Table Christian Church, neighbors of the House of Healing and Hofmann House in Beacon Hill, built three new units of low-income housing onto their new campus in 2016. PHC provides property management and companionship for the property, which opened in August.