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Financial Implications of a Chronically Homeless Family

Family Housing Fund, 2000

This report from the Family Housing Fund illustrates the cost effectiveness of supportive housing through an extended case study. The author creates a composite story of a single woman both with and without supportive housing. Without supportive housing, the woman (named Lynn) cycles through hospitals and prisons while her children remain in foster care. In total, the researcher estimate Lynn and her children would require $77,200 per year in public assistance without supportive housing. With supportive housing, however, those public sector costs drop to $37,500 a year. The author offers a detailed explication of how she arrived at these figures. This study was prepared for the Family Housing Fund and serves as a supplement to “The Supportive Housing Continuum: A Model for Housing Homeless Families.”

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Research category: Cost Savings, Families, Youth