What are the health, social and economic benefits of providing public housing and support to formerly homeless people?

Wood, L, Flatau, P, Karetzky, K, Foster, S, Vallesi, S and Miscenko, D 2016, What are the health, social and economic benefits of providing public housing and support to formerly homeless people?, Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute, Melbourne, Australia


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Title of report What are the health, social and economic benefits of providing public housing and support to formerly homeless people?
Author(s) Wood, L
Flatau, P
Karetzky, K
Foster, S
Vallesi, S
Miscenko, D
Year of publication 2016
Publisher Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute
Place of publication Melbourne, Australia
ISBN 9781925334272
Subjects Housing Markets, Development, Management
Abstract/Summary This report finds that the provision of stable public housing for people experiencing or at risk of homelessness results in reduced health service use (both in terms of the number of people and the frequency and duration of use), and associated cost savings to the health system and public purse. Providing stable housing with support should be a first priority to improving not only housing outcomes, but health outcomes and consequently reducing health care costs. This is particularly the case for individuals who experience mental health issues. The findings support the role of public housing as a foundation for non-shelter outcomes and, in particular, health outcomes. They also point to the importance of continued support for highly vulnerable entrants to public housing, particularly for those with a history of severe and persistent mental illness who are either homeless or at risk of homelessness. They further support the need for integrated care arrangements and for a holistic approach to health issues that recognises the importance of housing and of support in terms of improved health outcomes. Specifically, the study provides an evidence base for the continuation of NPAH programs focused on the provision of housing with support. It also shows the importance of linked health and housing data in policy-relevant research and impact evaluations and provides the basis for future Australian studies in this area.
Commissioning body Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute
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