Crosscut: Mayor’s Homeless Advisors Are Misguided

“The Institute for Children, Poverty and Homelessness published a statement on a HUD Family Options Study, which followed hundreds of homeless families in 12 cities across the country for three years. ‘Would rapid rehousing really save money?’ the Institute asked. ‘At first glance, rapid rehousing programs were the least expensive of the three interventions being compared. The savings were largely erased, however, once all services families used during the interim period were factored in.’

‘Despite a shorter stay in shelter, rapidly rehoused families were not less likely to return to homelessness, nor were most able to address deeper issues like mental health or substance abuse.'”


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