Cost-Effective Solution for
Ending Veteran Homelessness
Providing housing to homeless veterans without requiring them to meet standards of abstinence or psychiatric stability or complete a treatment program is a cost-effective solution, according Housing First pilot program evaluation by the VA National Center on Homelessness Among Veterans.
The study, which looked at about 700 homeless veterans served by 14 VA medical centers, found that 84% were still living in permanent housing after a year.
It also showed that decreases in acute health care services led to significant reductions in health care costs, including a 32% reduction in total direct VA health care costs, and a 54% reduction in more intensive inpatient costs.
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