New York/New York Agreement Cost Study Summary
This document, fully titled "The New York/New York Agreement Cost Study: The Impact of Supportive Housing on Services Use for Homeless Mentally Ill Individuals," pinpoints the cost-related findings from the 2001 "Culhane Report." It was written by Ted Houghton, the Network's future executive director, and published by the Corporation for Supportive Housing. The study found that a homeless, mentally ill person in New York City used an average of $40,449 of publicly funded services every year, in 1999 dollars. Once placed in service-enriched housing, however, these individuals reduced their use of publicly funded services by an average of $12,145 per year. These findings represent some of the strongest, most compelling data in support of supportive housing as a cost-saving intervention.