Standards for public agencies

2020 Edition

Housing Stabilization and Community Living Services Definition


Individuals and families that use Housing Stabilization and Community Living Services obtain and maintain stable housing in the community and strengthen personal support systems in order to live as independently as possible.


Housing Stabilization and Community Living Services provide temporary or permanent services such as assistance securing safe and stable housing in the community, service-enhanced housing, and supportive services to encourage maximum independence for persons who do not need 24-hour care.

Housing services can be delivered according to a scattered-site housing model, which provides services to individuals and families in individual apartments in multiple locations, or a single-site model, where housing units/apartments are located within the same building or a group of buildings. COA's Housing Stabilization and Community Living Services standards include the following program models: 

Homelessness Prevention programs provide housing identification/relocation and stabilization services (e.g., case management, employment services, counseling, health services, etc.), as well as short- and medium-term rental assistance for individuals and families at imminent risk of becoming homeless. 

Rapid Re-housing programs help individuals and families exit homelessness and immediately return to permanent housing through move-in and rental assistance. Core program components include: housing identification services, time-limited financial assistance, and case management and supportive services based on individual and family needs. 

Permanent Supportive Housing programs provide long-term affordable housing with ongoing services for individuals and families with high levels of need, including individuals and families experiencing chronic homelessness and those who have a substance use disorder, serious mental illness, developmental disability, and/or chronic physical illness or disability.

Single-room Occupancy (SRO) programs provide single-room dwelling units for one individual, and may contain either private or shared food preparation and/or sanitary facilities. SROs serve individuals at risk of or experiencing homelessness, and provide connections to supportive services.


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Note: An agency that provides mental health services, employment or vocational services, or child care services as part of its Housing Stabilization and Community Living Services will complete the appropriate service section in addition to the Housing Stabilization and Community Living Services standards.

Note: Though the term “human trafficking” is used throughout this section, there are additional terms that may be utilized, including sex trafficking, commercial sexual exploitation of children (CSEC), domestic minor sex trafficking, and minor prostitution. The term “victim” is commonly used when referring to individuals who have been trafficked to emphasize that they have been coerced and exploited, though the term “survivor” may also be used.

Note: Please see PA-HSCL Reference List for the research that informed the development of these standards.

Note: For information about changes made in the 2020 Edition, please see the HSCL Crosswalk.