Decreasing Costs and Ending Homelessness

NYC FUSE Evaluation

FUSE Costs GraphA recent evaluation of the CSH’s Frequent User Services Enhancement (FUSE) initiative demonstrates some major findings impacting the use of jails, shelters and crisis care services and compares the outcomes of FUSE participants to a comparison group.

The evaluation indicates that supportive housing can reduce homelessness, incarceration and costs of public systems and includes the following findings:

  • FUSE participants averaged just over two-weeks of shelter stays in the 24 months after placement into housing as compared to the 164 days in shelters spent by the comparison group.
  • Overall FUSE generated a $15,000 cost offset for each participant.

CSH’s FUSE is an initiative that helps communities to identify and engage high utilizers of public systems and place them into supportive housing to break the cycle of repeated use of costly crisis services and involvement in shelters and the criminal justice system. Columbia University recently completed this evaluation of the New York City pilot initiative that placed over 200 individuals into supportive housing.

Click here for more details about the evaluation.