The Housing First (HF) model is an evidence-based supportive housing initiative that provides permanent housing for the homeless without preconditions such as sobriety or treatment compliance. This three-year longitudinal study investigated the effects of Alaska’s inaugural Housing First projects in Anchorage and Fairbanks on local service usage, costs and tenant quality of life (QoL). A total of 94 tenants participated at baseline in the QoL study and 68 continued to follow-up. Cost data was collected from local municipalities, Alaska Department of Corrections, and local hospitals, health care clinics, behavioral health providers, and detox facilities. Emergency services use by tenants decreased from the year before moving into Housing First to the year after. Changes in health care costs were more variable depending on site and type of service.
David L. Driscoll, Janet M. Johnston, Chelsea Chapman, Travis Hedwig, Sarah Shimer, Rebecca Barker, Nancy Burke, Michael Baldwin & Richard A. Brown
Journal of Social Distress and the Homeless, 22 Feb 2018