HUD/HHS/VA Collaborative Initiative to Help End Chronic Homelessness: Preliminary Client Outcomes Report. Baseline characteristics of evaluation participants by site

02/26/2007

Baseline characteristics  including program eligibility, demographic characteristics, use of outpatient services, and a variety of baseline health status measures  are presented for both the entire sample of CICH clients (N=736), and for participants at each site (ranging from N=48 in Ft. Lauderdale to N=97 in Denver) (Table 4).

Evaluation participants were enrolled into the program within 8 days of being screened, on average (sd=49), and had their baseline assessments within 30 days (sd=49) of being enrolled into the program (Table 4, bottom two rows). Philadelphia and San Francisco were distinctive with respect to lag times both between screening and enrollment, and between enrollment and baseline assessment. Screening assessment dates for evaluation participants in Philadelphia were generally 40 days after their enrollment dates. In contrast, in San Francisco participants were generally screened 59 days before their enrollment dates. However, baseline assessments were administered to participants in San Francisco within just 12 days of program enrollment, compared with the 63 day average enrollment-baseline lag time in Philadelphia (Table 4). As with the variation in number and proportion of people screened and enrolled described above, unique recruitment and enrollment procedures developed in response to local conditions at each site and summarized previously (Table 1) may explain the variation observed across sites in enrollment and baseline assessment lag times.

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