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Cost of Homelessness
Homelessness comes at a very high cost – to individuals, communities, and systems of care. A growing body of research demonstrates that communities save money by providing permanent supportive housing to people experiencing homelessness. In short, it is proven to be more cost effective to provide permanent supportive housing than to leave someone on the streets or in shelters. The research shows that providing housing to someone experiencing chronic homelessness results in reduced utilization of publicly funded services such as police, hospital, emergency and impatient services, and the correctional systems.
Selected Cost of Homelessness Resources
+ 1 A Cost Analysis of San Diego County's REACH Program for Homeless Persons
A Multisite Study of Client Outcomes in Assertive Community Treatment
+ 1 A Review of Case Management for People Who Are Homeless: Implications for Practice, Policy, and Research
Assertive Outreach for Frequent Users of Psychiatric Hospitals: A Meta-Analysis
Benefit-cost analysis of addiction treatment: methodological guidelines and empirical application using the DATCAP and ASI - Methods - Statistical Data Included
Cost of Homelessness: Cost Analysis of Permanent Supportive Housing
+ 1 Cost of Rural Homelessness: Rural Permanent Supportive Housing Cost Analysis State of Maine
Cost-Effectiveness of Critical Time Intervention to Reduce Homelessness Among Persons with Mental Illness
Costs of Serving Homeless Individuals in Nine Cities: Chart Book
+ 1 Crisis Indicator: Triage Tool for Homeless Adults in Crisis
Examination of the Costs of Homelessness and Issues Related to Determining the Cost-Effectiveness of Supportive Services and Housing in Washoe County, NV
Health Care and Public Service Use and Costs Before and After Provision of Housing for Chronically Homeless Persons with Severe Alcohol Problems
Public Service Reductions Associated with Placement of Homeless Persons with Severe Mental Illness in Supportive Housing
Supportive Housing in Illinois: A Wise Investment
The Do-it-Yourself Cost-study Guide: Assessing Public Costs Before and After Permanent Supportive Housing: a Guide for State and Local Jurisdictions
Where We Sleep: The Costs of Housing and Homelessness in Los Angeles

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