Research shows that chronically homeless people who are placed in stable housing are less likely to incur serious medical costs, less likely to commit crimes, and less likely to abuse alcohol and drugs than homeless people who are forced into treatment programs before being housed.

Housing First is a homeless assistance approach that prioritizes providing people experiencing homelessness with permanent housing as quickly as possible – and then providing voluntary supportive services as needed. This approach prioritizes client choice in both housing selection and in service participation.

In this model, we assume that participants are placed in fully-subsidized housing for one year.

Approximately 1,400 chronically homeless adults in Atlanta, GA.

For a $23 million investment providing stable housing and case management to 1,400 chronically homeless people in Atlanta, GA

We use a variety of data sources to tailor our analysis to the location and to make our estimates as accurate as possible. However, sometimes data is unavailable, either because it has not been collected, or because it is not shared publicly. We encourage government agencies and other organizations to share their de-identified data online and researchers to prioritize the following gaps in the data. 

Long-term Outlook: More research is needed on the long-term results of the Housing First program, specifically how many people are still in stable housing, employed, and not abusing alcohol or drugs after five or more years have passed.

Crimes Committed: Data shows that homeless people are arrested more frequently than the general population. However, more research is needed on the specific types of crimes that homeless people tend to be arrested for, as well as the average amount of time they spent incarcerated.