Note: In order to explain the 136-unit resident selection for the Venice Median, DuFay explains the types of housing provided—Permanent Supportive Housing (PSH) and Affordable Housing (AH) as well as goes into detail on median incomes.
By Darryl DuFay
Affordable Housing and Permanent Supportive Housing
Affordable housing is both the title for several types of housing and one of the categories of a type of housing. Confusion is often created when the categories are grouped together.
Permanent Supportive Housing (PSH) is based on a demonstrated homeless condition. Affordable Housing (AH) is based on how much money you make.
Permanent Supportive Housing (PSH)
PSH is for the most needy “unsheltered” homeless. They are identified as Chronically Homeless and having one disability. The person has been continuously homeless for a year or more, or having four or more episodes of homelessness within 3 years. Living on the streets or in an emergency shelter and includes living in places not meant for human habitation, such as a tent, vehicle, shed, or abandoned building. You cannot be denied PSH housing if you don’t have any money.
Affordable Housing (AH)
Affordable Housing (AH) is a separate type of housing, which affords housing based on a person’s Median Income.
Currently Proposed Units
136 units are proposed. They will be divided into 68 units of Permanent Support Housing (PSH) for individuals and families in studios and 1- or 2-bedroom units, 34 units of “Low Income” Affordable Housing (AH) units for “artists,” and 34 “AH” units for lower wage households. They did not say if these lower wage units were “Low Income or Very Low Income.” The type of units for AH were not given.
Each one is different. They are different. PSH requires being part of the Countywide “Coordinated Entry System” (CES). AH may use CES but also use advertising of available housing.
Calculating the median. Make a list of incomes, lowest to highest. The number in the middle is the median. The lowest PSH half of all the incomes are used to calculate Affordable Housing eligibility as shown below.
There are three Median Income descriptors: “Extremely Low Income,” which is an income of 0% to 30% and used for PSH. AH has two descriptors: “Very Low Income” is a range of 31% to 50%. ” Low Income” is a range of 51% to 80%.
The geographic areas he/she is in or the geographic location of the proposed housing will determine the base dollar amount, but it is not clear how large an area is legally required. There are dollar amounts based on the number of people involved. Below are the numbers for 1 – 3 persons.
Median Incomes for Geographic Areas
A geographic areas’ median income will determine the qualifying dollar amounts. Below are the income dollar amounts for the categories of “Extremely Low to Low.” It is unclear which area must be selected for the project. These estimates may vary by source and year.