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Study Links Reduced Use of Mental Health Facilities, Nursing Homes and Other Public Services to "Smart Investments" in Supportive Housing
Date:4/1/2009

hat post-housing they experience better health, an end to homelessness, financial confidence, and independence -- qualities that lead to an improved society as a whole -- and which don't always have a dollar amount."

According to Van Valkenburgh, other studies on the effects of supportive housing have included much of this additional data and found even greater per person savings than the $2,400 identified in Illinois.

SHPA estimates at least $11 million could come back to the state if $3 million in state funds are invested into 494 units serving 606 men, women, and children in the next fiscal year. Advocates say that if the $3 million for supportive housing is obtained, the funds would leverage more than $27 million in federal assistance. Illinois currently has 6,000 units of permanent supportive housing serving over 8,000 individuals in 28 counties.

SHPA member organizations will meet with state legislators in their districts during the April 6-20 Spring Break and in Springfield to review the study's findings and supportive housing funding needs.

The Heartland Alliance Mid-America Institute on Poverty (MAIP) provides dynamic research and analysis on today's most pressing social issues and solutions to inform and equip those working toward a just global society. As such, MAIP:

  • Conducts research to increase the depth of understanding and profile of social issues and solutions;
  • Develops recommendations and action steps;
  • Communicates findings using media, briefings, and web strategies to influence a broad base of decision makers; and
  • Impacts social policy and program decisions to improve the quality of life for poor and low-income individuals.

For more information: 773.336.6075,

SOURCE Corporation for Supportive Housing; Supportive Housing Providers Association; Heartland Alliance Mid-America Institute on Poverty
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