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
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