The Shelter Plus Care (S+C) program provides permanent housing in connection with supportive services to persons who have a disability and are experiencing homelessness. The program provides rental assistance funded by the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) accompanied by a range of supportive services funded by other sources. The S+C Program is designed to serve a population that has been traditionally hard to reach - homeless persons with disabilities such as (but not limited to) serious mental illness, chronic substance abuse, and/or AIDS and related diseases. This program is built on the best practice that housing and services should be connected in order to ensure the stability for this population. Consequently, S+C provides rental assistance that local grantees must match with supportive services appropriate to the target population. The goals of the S+C Program are to assist homeless individuals and their families to increase their housing stability, skills and/or income, and self-sufficiency.
Funding for S+C projects is awarded competitively through HUD's annual Continuum of Care process. HUD has established guidelines for the competition which may be reviewed in annual notices of funding availability. Local S+C projects are typically implemented through partnerships that include (1) a grantee, (2) a local housing "Sponsor" (or subgrantee) that owns or coordinates leasing of housing for program participants, and (3) a network of supportive services providers.