"New York City pioneered the strategy of providing homeless people not just with housing but with drug treatment, psychiatric care and other services they need to live successfully on their own. Even with all the add-ons, supportive housing apartment buildings cost substantially less than shelters and are many times less expensive than jails or beds in psychiatric hospitals." [read complete article... ]
"In its recently published final evaluation of the Frequent Users of Health Services Initiative, the authors note that homeless frequent users connected to permanent housing saw dramatic reductions in Emergency Department visits and costs as well as inpatient days and costs when compared to frequent users who remained homeless. They also saw improved health stability." [read more... ]
Lifelong Medical Care’s Project Respect, here in Alameda County, was one of the six programs piloted across California to “promote the development of innovative, integrated approaches to address the comprehensive health and social service needs frequent users of emergency departments, and decrease avoidable emergency department visits and hospital stays.” Read more of this EveryOne Home article here.