North Carolina study documents cost effectiveness of supportive housing

This is another of the national studies that prove that supportive housing works. Similar savings have occurred in supportive housing in New Jersey.

Moving from homelessness to permanent supportive housing in the Lennox Chase development in North Carolina’s Wake County produced cost reductions and increased personal stability as recently documented by the Jordan Institute for Families of the University of North Carolina -Chapel Hill School of Social Work. “The Cost Effectiveness of Supportive Housing – A Service Cost Analysis of Lennox Chase Residents,” released in December, found that key costs for more than 20 individuals living in Lennox Chase for two years dropped while costs for two individuals with serious health issues demonstrate the role that chronic illness plays in the economics of managing homelessness. Preliminary data show that overall costs fell and costs for inpatient substance abuse treatment also fell. Outpatient mental health services and incarceration costs also dropped. Click here to read the full report.

The research was supported by the North Carolina Interagency Council for Coordinating Homeless Programs (ICCHP). For more information on ICCHP and North Carolina’s plan to end homelessness click here.