Direct Access to Housing
San Francisco Department of Public Health, 2004
This summary report assesses the San Francisco Department of Public Health’s Direct Access to Housing (DAH) program. At the time of the report’s publication in 2004, DAH operated seven residences that specifically targeted high users of public services. The authors find that DAH supportive housing led to a 58% reduction in emergency room use and a 57% reduction in inpatient episodes among the approximately 400 formerly homeless tenants in the program.