In 2016, the U.S. Departments of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and Justice (DOJ) launched the Pay for Success Permanent Supportive Housing Demonstration program. The model was developed to test whether providing permanent supportive housing (PSH) within a pay-for-success (PFS) framework is a successful, cost-effective way of using PSH to provide housing stability and reduce social service use and recidivism for a population that continually cycles between homeless services and the criminal justice system. PFS is an innovative financing model that leverages philanthropic and private dollars to provide up-front financing, with the government paying after they generate results.
These evaluation documents from HUD and DOJ provide an overview of the demonstration grantees’ progress, challenges, and solutions. The documents include an infographic showing target populations and outcomes, a brief on the sites’ data use and challenges, and a baseline report covering the start of the project in October 2016 through December 2017, when baseline data collection was completed.