Findings from a Pilot Study of Homeless Dually Diagnosed Adults
Central City Concern, 2006
This report, written by Thomas L. Moore, compares the costs of homelessness to the costs of supportive housing in Oregon. In particular, the study evaluates 34 tenants enrolled in the Community Engagement Program (CEP). Researchers conducted in-depth interviews with tenants to gauge their use of public systems such as emergency rooms and hospitals -- both before and after enrollment in housing. The average tenant generated $42,075 annually in public costs prior to housing. Once in housing, those tenants averaged $25,776 per year -- including the cost of housing and services. This represents a 38.7% reduction in expenses per tenant.