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Community Development , Homelessness , Supportive Housing

Study Finds Chronic Homelessness Can be Successfully Combated

30 March 2012
The Urban Institute

Martha Burt, a leading homelessness researcher, studied the effectiveness of the Los Angeles’ Homeless Opportunity Providing Employment (LA’s HOPE) program on the population of chronically homeless adults suffering from mental illness that it serves.  The study found that individuals who were enrolled in state funded programs and were able to receive housing and special employment supports were more successful in securing and staying housed and employed after leaving the state funded programs than those who did not receive those supports.

The study concluded that even individuals who suffered from mental illness and chronic homelessness can improve their housing and employment outcomes if they are provided with a support structure that adequately meets their needs.

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