Performance Improvement 2009. Do Permanent Housing And Supportive Services Improve Conditions for the Chronically Homeless?


This performance assessment of the Collaborative Initiative to Help End Chronic Homelessness monitored client and system outcomes of a collaborative community-based approach that provided permanent supportive housing, case management, mental health and substance abuse treatment, primary health care, and veteran’s health services to disabled individuals who have experienced chronic homelessness. The Collaborative Initiative to Help End Chronic Homelessness was implemented in response to the goal of eliminating chronic homelessness and to further the goal that federal agencies increase their level of collaboration.

Interim client-level data indicated that the proportion of the six services received by each client rose during the first year, the average number of days clients were housed increased, the mean monthly public assistance income increased, and clients alcohol and drug problems remained unchanged.

Interim system-level findings indicated a significant increase in practices that encourage system integration; a significant increase in the availability of information on client and service delivery, management information systems, and the use of evidence-based mental health practices; and no significant association between client outcomes and the use of evidence-based practices or measures of collaboration and trust among the network agencies.

Report Title: Evaluation of the Collaborative Initiative to Help End Chronic Homelessness
Agency Sponsor: ASPE-OHSP, Office of Human Services Policy
Federal Contact: Canta Pian, 202-690-7149
Performer: Department of Veteran's Affairs Northeast Program Evaluation Center
PIC ID: 8844

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