Public Saves When Homeless Hospital Patients Housed

The Economic Roundtable recently published a report showing a reduction in public costs when chronically homeless hospital patients are placed into permanent supportive housing.  The National Low Income Housing Coalition has more:

A new report published by the Economic Roundtable, shows that placing high cost homeless hospital patients into permanent supportive housing can significantly reduce annual public and hospital costs. According to the report, for every $1 spent to house and support homeless patients with chronic illnesses, $2 in public costs can be avoided in the first year after the patient is housed, and $6 in subsequent years.

This study examined the outcomes of 163 hospital patients screened by the 10th Decile Project in Los Angeles between April 2011 and May 2013. The 10th Decile Project works with hospitals to identify the 10% of chronically homeless patients associated with the highest public hospital costs and offers housing, social, and health assistance…

After 10th Decile patients obtained permanent housing, total annual average public and hospital costs per person decreased from $63,808 to $16,913, not including housing subsidy costs. After a patient is housed, the public costs avoided amount to $31,736 in the first year, and $40,377 in subsequent years, even after accounting for housing subsidy costs.

The full report, Getting Home: Outcomes from Housing High Cost Homeless Hospital Patients, can be found on The Economic Roundtable’s webpage.  Here’s a look at the pre and post-housing costs of those studied:

Getting_Home_Cost outcomes

VPR’s Vermont Edition Covers Emergency and Transitional Housing Issues

Yesterday’s Vermont Edition took a look at problems of homelessness in Vermont and the difficulty of finding affordable and safe emergency housing for families in need.  The program focused on the new Harbor Place temporary housing facility, spending issues with emergency housing vouchers, as well as discussing other issues concerning emergency and transitional housing.

VPR’s Jane Lindholm spoke spoke with Michael Monte of Champlain Housing Trust, Commissioner Dave Yacovone of the Vermont Department for Children and Families, and Elizabeth Ready of the John W. Graham Emergency Shelter.

Listen to the program in its entirety here.

Friday’s Workshop at The Three Stallion Inn in Randolph

On Friday, November 8th the More Than A Report Card Workshop will be taking place from 1pm to 3:30pm at The Three Stallion Inn in Randolph.  The workshop is free and is offered for all Continuum of Care Committees in Vermont.

Each agency will receive a personalized confidential “report card.”  The workshop will focus on the following HUD performance measures:

  • Moving from Transitional to permanent Housing
  • Length of Stay – 6 months or a year – 80% (Shelter Plus Care)
  • Employed at Exit
  • Increasing Income
  • Mainstream Benefits

Please RSVP at this link

To prepare for the meeting please review the discussion questions for the Best Practices conversations to take place on Friday.

The mission of the Coalition is to end homelessness in Vermont through sharing information, developing resources, providing a forum for decision-making and to promote decent, safe, fair, affordable shelter for all.