Cost of Rural Homelessness
Melany Mondello, et al., 2009
This study looks at public service use among 163 chronically homeless adults with disabilities. Researchers compare the frequency with which participants used various medical services -- for the six months before and six months after supportive housing placement. The findings show that supportive housing led to reductions in mental health care costs (57%), emergency shelter costs (99%), emergency room costs (14%), jail costs (95%) and ambulance service costs (32%). The total cost avoidance per person was $1,348. This report was written by Melany Mondello, Jon Bradley, Tom Chalmers and Nancy Shore. It was sponsored by the Corporation for Supportive Housing, MaineHousing and the Maine Department of Health and Human Services.