ICHH Regional Networks – Chronic Initiatives – Results:
To date, we have received data on 215 people, who had been chronically homeless before being placed into housing. Of the tenants housed, 71% entered scattered site apartments and 29% entered project-based units. The breakdown of regions for the 215 people is:
|Merrimack Valley||107 (18 from Haverhill, 47 from Lawrence and 42 from Lowell)|
|Worcester||24 (demographics only)|
Chronic Initiatives Demographics:
|Total Participant Characteristics|
Chronic Initiatives Demographics Continued:
|Income Sources Reported|
|Disability (of 186 responders)|
|Active Substance Abuse||36||(19)|
|Served in Military||27||(13)|
|Average Length of Homelessness||3.8 years|
As of September 8, 2010, 215 formerly chronically homeless people have been housed in the Regional Networks. Of the 215 participants, 193 people remain housed. Thirteen people have moved on to other permanent housing options, resulting in a residential stability rate of 96 percent.
Of the 215 people, 180 have signed consent forms to have their data included in a cost benefit analysis. Using conservative cost estimates, a preliminary study has been done using self-reported information regarding emergency systems including ER visits, ambulance use, and time spent in hospitals, respite care, detoxification units, shelters and incarceration. The average annual cost for these emergency services before people are being placed into housing is $33,102.48 per person.
At this date, we have entered data on 415 follow-up interviews that show an average annual cost for these emergency services after being placed in housing drops to $13,178.64 for a projected annual savings of $19,923.84 per person in emergency services.
Housing First Coordinator