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Federal Policy Brief | March 11, 2007
Files: PDF | 92 KB | 4 pagesThis brief on chronic homelessness describes the characteristics, causes, and solutions of chronic homelessness. The brief summarizes the interaction between emergency shelters, health care systems, and criminal justice and chronic homelessness. It also describes the benefits and cost effectiveness of permanent supportive housing and the success that many communities have achieved.
This brief answers the following questions:
Numerous studies have shown that ending chronic homelessness is cost-effective. This brief examines some of the cost reductions associated with using permanent supportive housing to end chronic homelessness. The chart below captures some of those cost savings.
Lastly, this brief provides a quick overview of current federal policy on chronic homelessness and the government's commitment to ending chronic homelessness, as well as examples of how communities across the country are reducing chronic homelessness:
Click here to download the full brief.