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|Strengthening federal commitment – through an investment in permanent supportive housing programs – can end chronic homelessness.|
Between 2007 and 2012, chronical homelessness declined 19.3 percent to 99,894 people. This decline was due – at least in part – to an increase in the amount of permanent supportive housing in the country.
Chronic homelessness is long-term or repeated homelessness of a person or family headed by a person with a disability. Many chronically homeless people have a serious mental illness like schizophrenia and/or alcohol or drug addiction.
The solution to chronic homelessness is permanent supportive housing along with policies to prevent homelessness for people with disabilities. These solution are cost-effective: a landmark study of homeless individuals with serious mental illness in New York City found that, on average, more than $23,000 was saved to publicly-funded systems for each constructed unit of permanent supportive housing.
Key federal programs to prevent and end chronic homelessness include: