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Denver Housing First Collaborative

Colorado Coalition for the Homeless, 2006

This report examines the emergency service records of 19 participants in the Colorado Coalition for the Homeless’ Denver Housing First Collaborative. The researchers analyze the actual health records the 24 months before and the 24 months after enrollment in supportive housing. The study finds that supportive housing led to declines in total emergency-related costs (72.95%), emergency room costs (34.3%), inpatient costs (66%), detox visits (82%) and incarceration days (76%). Once the cost of housing is factored, these reductions lead to a net savings of $4,745 per person. This report was written by Jennifer Perlman and John Parvensky of the Colorado Coalition for the Homeless.

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Research category: Cost Savings