Mentally Ill Chronically Homeless Individuals Achieve Housing and Employment
Not surprisingly, a recent study conducted in California shows that when chronically homeless adults with mental illness are offered permanent housing and employment supportive services, they achieve both better housing and employment outcomes.
They attained housing, stayed permanently housed and engaged in employment activities.
84% were engaged in employment-related activities—54% in competitive employment.
Researcher Martha R. Burt Ph.D. of the Urban Institute examined the success of the LA HOPE program which is part of the national New Freedom Initiative to address chronic homelessness. The chronically homeless adult participants, all of whom had mental health diagnoses, received extensive mental health and other social services; job training with vocational training, coaching, and employment; and permanent housing at very low rents.
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