Michigan is putting $6 million towards a new permanent supportive housing pilot. This will provide people access to living space and access to critical social services that they rely on. When people are stably housed, we see less people in crisis in our emergency rooms, jails, and community mental health services – reducing the strain on these services. This approach improves lives and saves money long-term.
Supportive housing models are helping people across the county and this infusion of dollars will help house people in Michigan and provide the wraparound services that keep them stable. Programs across the world are demonstrating the deep connections between health and social determinants of health, and I’m excited about how this new budget line item can help people.