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Chronic Homelessness


For most people experiencing homelessness, it is a temporary crisis, usually lasting a few weeks. Most turn first to their personal support systems--staying with family or friends, for example--while trying to get back on their feet. But when those social supports fail, people turn to public resources in their community as a last resort. A fraction of people become "chronically homeless," which means they develop a long history of repeated homelessness and often struggle with a serious disability. People identified as chronically homeless are more reliant on public resources for emergency shelter and other crisis care.

According to research by the Corporation for Supportive Housing, it costs about the same amount to house someone in stable, supportive housing as it does to leave that person homeless and reliant upon high-cost crisis care and emergency housing. And housing results in better outcomes for both the person experiencing chronic homelessness and the public systems that must otherwise respond to that person's emergency needs.


From Our Members

Calgary Homeless Foundation - System Planning Framework

Conrad N. Hilton Foundation - Evaluation of the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation's Chronic Homelessness Initiative

Conrad N. Hilton Foundation - Homelessness Landscape Research

Conrad N. Hilton Foundation - Los Angeles Chronic Homelessness Initiative Strategy Summary

Conrad N. Hilton Foundation - Mobilizing Los Angeles County to End Chronic Homelessness

The Health Foundation of Central Massachusetts - Evaluation: Home Again

Valley of the Sun United Way - A Path to End Homelessness

United Way of Greater Los Angeles / Home for Good - Ending Homelessness in Los Angeles County

United Way of Greater Los Angeles / Home for Good - Standards of Excellence for Outreach Programs, Engagement Services, Emergency/Crisis/Interim Housing, and Permanent Supportive Housing

United Way of King County - Opening Doors in Our Community: Campaign to End Chronic Homelessness

William S. Abell Foundation - Final Report on the Five-year Strategic Initiative on Homelessness of the William S. Abell Foundation

Other Resources

The Affordable Care Act's Role in Preventing and Ending Homelessness

Dividends of a Hand Up: Public Benefits of Moving Indigent Adults with Disabilities onto SSI

The Effectiveness of Permanent Supportive Housing in Maine: A Review of Costs Associated with the Second Year of Permanent Supportive Housing for Formerly Homeless Adults with Disabilities

Home and Healthy for Good: A Statewide Housing First Program

How Permanent Supportive Housing Programs Work

Inclusive Public Housing: Services for the Hard to House

Journey Home: Results of the 2010 Capitol Region Vulnerability Index

Medicaid and Permanent Supportive Housing from Chronically Homeless Individuals

Service Use and Costs for Persons Experiencing Chronic Homelessness in Philadelphia

Saving Lives, Saving Money: Cost-effective Solutions to Chronic Homelessness in Philadelphia

Tools for Identifying High-cost, High Needs Homeless Persons

WEBINAR: Housing-based Solutions to Homelessness

WEBINAR: Social Impact Investing

WEBINAR: Systems Change 101


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Very often a lack of jobs and money is not the cause of poverty, but the symptom. The cause may lie deeper in our failure to give our fellow citizens a fair chance to develop their own capacities, in a lack of education and training, in a lack of medical care and housing, in a lack of decent communities in which to live and bring up their children.

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