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Supportive Housing and the Public Health Crisis of Homelessness

Corporation for Supportive Housing, 2000

This study, fully titled "Supportive Housing and Its Impact on the Public Health Crisis of Homelessness," evaluates the Corporation for Supportive Housing’s Health, Housing Integrated Services Network" (HHISN). Researchers tracked the public service use of 253 chronically homeless HHISN participants. In particular, they noted how often these individuals used the San Francisco General Hospital’s emergency, inpatient and psychiatric services for the years before and after supportive housing. The findings show reductions in the total number of hospital inpatient days (57%) and emergency room visits (58%). Supportive housing all but eliminated the use of psychiatric services for those with available mental health data. The report was written by Tony Proscio for the Corporation for Supportive Housing.

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Research category: Cost Savings, Health