Want to learn more about Housing First, why it matters, why it works & how to get engaged in Savannah’s plans for Housing FIrst then read on…
Why Housing First matters (It’s about People!):
Please view our presentation at the end of this blog post!
Chronic homelessness incurs high costs for communities because individuals experiencing homelessness are frequent users of community services. Consequently, chronic homelessness can be a major strain on local community budgets. The biggest costs to communities are health care expenses, because of frequent and avoidable inpatient hospitalizations, and visits to emergency rooms, detoxification centers, and nursing homes. Other high costs are associated with the criminal justice system.
Figure 1: Public Cost of Services for Homeless Individuals (2004-2009)
Each community gets different results & has different cost structures for these items – what are Savannah;s you ask – we’ll find out, together!
What Housing First accomplishes:
The most effective type of supportive housing uses the Housing First approach, which seeks to screen in rather than screen out individuals with substance abuse and mental illness. Often…
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