Public opposition to new development of homes with supportive services is common. Communities should actively inform residents about the purpose of homes with supportive services to debunk myths and promote productive conversation, including constructive criticism of existing or proposed facilities. With increased public trust, communities and providers will be more effective at providing needed homes with supportive services.     

The following education and dialogue strategies should be considered:  

  • Address homes with supportive services in regular updates to the community master plan or town plan 
  • Advance fact-based information and discussion in community spaces and schools in a non-judgmental and respectful atmosphere 
  • Share stories from local people with lived experience 
  • Share stories from staff of providers of homes with supportive services to build trust