Southwest Solutions was founded in 1970 as a mental health-focused nonprofit. Recognizing that reintegrating the mentally ill and homeless into the community requires decent, affordable housing and support services, the nonprofit expanded its focus over time to include housing, economic, and workforce development programs. Southwest Solutions is now the largest multi-family housing developer in the region with $150 million of real estate development completed or in progress, which includes 26 buildings that it has restored for both residential and commercial use. The nonprofit also owns a financing organization, Southwest Lending Solutions, through which it provides a range of affordable lending products to homebuyers, homeowners, and landlords. In 2014, its programs were credited with supporting more than 25,000 people.