Impacts of heading home Hennepin's housing first programs for long-term homeless adults

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Abstract

This paper evaluates the impact of Heading Home Hennepin's Housing First programs for long-term homeless individuals with work-limiting disabilities. These programs combine subsidized housing and extensive case management services to help program participants maintain stable housing. Using a matched comparison of housing-first participants and nonparticipants residing in public shelters, this study finds that housing-first placement is associated with a substantial decrease in public shelter use, an increase in public health insurance coverage, and a decrease in arrests and incarceration. Most of the decline in arrests is due to decreases in arrests for livability and drug-related charges and not for violent or property crime.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)405-419
Number of pages15
JournalHousing Policy Debate
Volume21
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 1 2011

Keywords

  • Crime
  • Homeless
  • Low-income housing
  • Policy

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