Homelessness, Reports and Publications, Supportive Housing

Accountability, Cost-Effectiveness, and Program Performance: Progress Since 1998

 

This is a report from Prof. Dennis P. Culhane et al regarding the progress made in the past decade toward making homeless assistance programs more accountable to funders, consumers, and the public. Of particular note in this report are research summaries on the costs of homelessness and cost offsets associated with intervention programs such as supportive housing, in particular for people who are homeless with severe mental illness, and for families suffering from chronic homelessness as well.

From page 11:

[One study from New York City (Culhane, Metraux, & Hadley, 2002)] found that supportive housing placement was associated with declines in hospitalizations, incarcerations, and shelter stays. Ninety-five percent of the costs of the supportive housing were offset by service reductions ($17,200 per unit per year), resulting in an estimated net annual cost of the supportive housing programs of approximately $1,000 per unit per year.

From page 12:

[In another study] [t]he housing voucher and intensive case management condition was associated with greater cost offsets, and the intervention had a net annual cost of approximately $2,000 per unit per year. […] the findings are roughly consistent with the $1,000 net cost found in the NY-NY evaluation.

From page 13:

Several of the studies [from the U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness] report annual cost reductions per person in the range of $13,000–$18,000, which would be roughly consistent with cost offset found in the NY-NY evaluation.

Read the report:
Accountability, Cost-Effectiveness, and Program Performance: Progress Since 1998

 
 

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