About Supportive Housing services

Supportive Housing services are ongoing supports to help eligible Medicaid clients find and keep stable, independent housing.  Services may include:

  • Housing Assessments
  • Identifying housing resources
  • Support obtaining a lease
  • Independent living skills development
  • Landlord relations
  • Crisis management


Principles & Philosophy of Supportive Housing

  • Tenant Choice: You will be able to choose where you want to live.
  • Access: You will have available to you the same housing as others in your community.
  • Quality: You will live in similar places like others within your community.
  • Integration: You have the right to receive housing and supportive services in the most integrated setting possible.
  • Independent, permanent housing: You have full rights of tenancy as long as you are meeting basic requirements of lease.
  • Affordability: You will meet your affordability standards.
  • Coordination between housing and services: We will help you communicate and coordinate with property managers to help prevent evictions and ensure you have access to necessary services and supports.
  • Delineated roles: We will have a functional separation of roles of landlord/property manager and staff providing supportive housing services.



The Department of Justice and the Department of Housing and Urban Development are jointly responsible for enforcing the Federal Fair Housing Act, which prohibits discrimination in housing on the basis of:

  • Race
  • Color
  • Religion
  • Sex
  • National origin
  • Familial status
  • Disability (sensory, mental, or physical)
  • Use of a guide or service animal by a person with a disability when related to housing


Washington State

In addition, Washington State prohibits discrimination in housing on the basis of:

  • Marital status
  • Creed
  • HIV/AIDS and Hepatitis C status
  • Sexual orientation (including gender identity)
  • Veteran/military status


Your rights and responsibilities

All inhabitants of Washington have certain rights and responsibilities defined in the Law Against Discrimination (RCW 49.60). This law protects freedom from discrimination at work, in housing, in receiving public accommodation, or when seeking credit and insurance.


Reasonable accommodations

Landlords also must comply with requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) in renting housing to individuals with physical disabilities. Most apartments built after 1991 must meet ADA requirements. For structures built before 1991, the landlord is required to make “reasonable accommodation,” which means the landlord must allow the tenant (at tenant’s expense) to make modifications to the unit to meet his/her needs. At the conclusion of the rental period, the tenant must return the unit to its original condition, at the landlord’s discretion. Similarly, a landlord must allow a service animal in the unit of a visually impaired tenant even when the lease contains a “no pets” clause.