Rhode Island’s Housing First Program Evaluation
Eric Hirsch, et al., 2008
This 2008 study evaluates the United Way of Rhode Island’s “Housing First” program for 50 homeless single adults. The report is based on in-depth interviews conducted over the course of a year. The researchers found that supportive housing led to cost reductions for overnight hospital stays (72%), mental health overnight stays (78%), alcohol and drug related overnight stays (92%), emergency room visits (50%), jail and prison overnight stays (81%) and shelter overnight stays (92%). After factoring the cost of housing and services, each supportive housing resident generated a net $8,839 less in public expenses. This report was written by Eric Hirsch, Irene Glasser, Roger Williams, Kate D'Addabbo and Jessica Cigna.