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Public Service Reductions Associated with Placement of Homeless Persons with Severe Mental Illness in Supportive Housing
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This article documents the cost savings associated with public investment in supportive housing for persons who are homeless with severe disabilities, as demonstrated in the New York, NY Housing Study. Placement in supportive housing resulted in reductions in service use of $16,282 per housing unit per year.
This article assesses the impact of public investment in supportive housing for people who are homeless with severe mental disabilities.  Data on 4,679 people placed in such housing in New York City between 1989 and 1997 were merged with data on the utilization of public shelters, public and private hospitals, and correctional facilities.  A series of matched controls, people who were homeless but not placed in housing, were similarly tracked.  

Regression results reveal that persons placed in supportive housing experience marked reductions in shelter use, hospitalizations, length of stay per hospitalization, and time incarcerated. (Authors)

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Journal
2002
Housing Policy Debate
13
1
107-163
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