Self-sufficiency is a state in which someone has enough income to meet basic needs and self-sustain without receiving public assistance such as public housing.  Research shows that supportive housing can have a positive impact on employment and income, particularly if services exist to help people find appropriate jobs and support them in working.  Some housing prevention programs offer training and employment support for people who have low or no income so that they have the opportunity to learn skills and access jobs that will move them to self-sufficiency.  Measuring self-sufficiency indicates a program’s success in ending homelessness as measured by the percentage of households who received supportive services that are able to achieve self-sufficiency and exit the program.  A higher rate is considered positive.  

By Urban Institute

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