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Housing stability and recovery among chronically homeless persons with co-occuring disorders in Washington, DC

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Thursday, October 9, 2014 - 11:36
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Tsemberis, Sam
Kent, Douglas
Respress, Christy
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January 2012
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January 2012
American Journal of Public Health
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Pathways Housing First provides access to housing, support, and treatment services to clients having the most complex needs—persons who have been homeless for at least 5 years and have both a psychiatric disability and substance dependency. In a 2-year Housing and Urban Development-funded demonstration project in Washington, DC, in 2007 and 2008, we observed promising outcomes in housing retention and reductions in psychiatric symptoms, alcohol use, and demand for intensive support services. The program is designed to be fiscally self-sustaining through extant public disability benefits for housing, treatment, and support services. This approach shows strong support for first providing a permanently supported housing solution for chronically homeless and severely disabled individuals in need of housing and treatment of co-occurring disorders. (author abstract)

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January 2012
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American Journal of Public Health
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American Public Health Association
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The fact that at the end the first author is listed as being "with" Pathways to Housing (rather than as the founder, which he is) is a little concerning, though, especially since he designed the protocol. Still, the second author is not from PtH and there does seem to be broader HUD support for the program. Another concern would be that there's no control or really any comparison group; however, it seems this is one of several studies of various Housing First/ACT studies around the country.

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