Chronic Homeless Initiatives Statewide Report – Impressive!

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:

Western Mass 22
South Shore 11
Merrimack Valley 107 (18 from Haverhill, 47 from Lawrence and 42 from Lowell)
Cape Cod 23
Metro Boston 15
Worcester 24 (demographics only)
Boston 13

Chronic Initiatives Demographics:

Total Participant Characteristics
Number (%)
Total Number 215 (100)
Gender
Male 156 (73)
Female 59 (27)
Age
18-30 21 (10)
31-50 105 (49)
51-61 79 (37)
62+ 10 (5)
Average Age 46
Ethnicity
Hispanic 48 (22)
Non-Hispanic 161 (75)
Unknown 6 (3)
Race
African American 42 (20)
White 141 (66)
Native American 5 (2)
Asian 2 (1)
Multi 1 (<1)
Unknown 24 (11)

Chronic Initiatives Demographics Continued:

Income Sources Reported
Supplem. Security 46 (21)
SSDI 52 (24)
Social Security 33 (15)
General Assistance 21 (10)
Employment 28 (13)
Food Stamps 29 (13)
None 17 (8)
Veterans 1 (<1)
Unemployment 6 (3)
Health Insurance
Private Insurance 2 (1)
Medicare 22 (10)
MassHealth 172 (80)
No Insurance 12 (6)
Commonwealth Care 2 (1)
Unknown 26 (12)
Disability (of 186 responders)
Medical 117 (63)
Mental 147 (79)
Active Substance Abuse 36 (19)
Multiple Disabilities 105 (56)
Served in Military 27 (13)
Average Length of Homelessness 3.8 years
Housed from:
Street 46 (21)
Shelters 135 (63)
Other/Unknown 34 (16)

Retention:

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.

Cost-Benefit:

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.

Submitted by:

Tom Brigham

Housing First Coordinator

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