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The Mental Health Commission of Canada engaged and followed more than 2,000 participants for two years and implemented a five-city supportive housing program using a Housing First (HF) approach using randomized control groups. HF is a type of supportive housing. This is the world's largest trial of supportive housing (using the HF model). The outcomes are impressive: investing in supportive housing for those with high needs saves money and leads to better longitudinal housing outcomes. For the highest needs users, the top 10% of those served, every $10 invested saves more than $21 in public costs.  The study also found that HF rapidly ends homelessness, and that HF can be effectively implemented in cities of different sizes and different ethnoracial and cultural compositions.

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Research category: Cost Savings