Supportive Services Only (SSO)

What is Supportive Services Only? (§ 578.37(a)(3))

Supportive Services Only (SSO) projects allow recipients to provide supportive services—such as conducting outreach to sheltered and unsheltered homeless persons and families and providing referrals to other housing or other necessary services—to families and individuals experiencing homelessness. The recipient may only assist program participants for whom the recipient or subrecipient of the funds is not providing housing or housing assistance.

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Whether or not a program is functioning as an SSO project or a housing project can cause some confusion. Please see the CoC Program SSO/Housing Component Decision Tool for more information.


Beginning in 2015, Coordinated Entry projects can be funded under the SSO Program Component as permitted by the FY NOFA.