Health, Housing, and Service Supports for Three Groups of People Experiencing Chronic Homelessness. 2.1. Likely Size of Each Group


These estimates cover a broad range, in part reflecting the different populations surveyed. Variation is also influenced by differences in methods used to collect data and among states or communities in the availability of housing and supports for people with SMI who might otherwise experience long-term homelessness. The best guess of group size, given the paucity of evidence, is that Group 1 could be as large as half the chronically homeless population or as small as 20 percent, while Group 3 could be as large as 70-80 percent of that population or as small as 40-50 percent (HUD, 2011; Poulin et al., 2010).

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