Supportive Housing in Illinois: A Wise Investment

The Heartland Alliance Mid-America Institute on Poverty, 2009

This study evaluates a number of cost and quality-of-life measures associated with supportive housing in Illinois. Conducted by the Heartland Alliance Mid-America Institute on Poverty (MAIP), the report quantifies the behavioral changes of 177 supportive housing residents for the two years before and the two years after entering housing. Researchers found that supportive housing led to a 39% reduction in public costs linked to Medicaid, county jails and other public systems. The savings amounted to $2,414 per resident per year. Tenants also reported greater quality of life upon moving into supportive housing; participants learned how to pay bills, reunited with family members and experienced health improvements, among other measures.

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Research category: Cost Savings, Health