From Homeless to Housed: Interim Lessons from the Denver Supportive Housing Social Impact Bond Initiative

Research Report

From Homeless to Housed: Interim Lessons from the Denver Supportive Housing Social Impact Bond Initiative

Abstract

In February 2016, the City of Denver and eight private investors closed on the city’s first social impact bond (SIB), an $8.6 million investment to fund a supportive housing program for 250 of the city’s most frequent users of the criminal justice system. The city will make outcome payments over five years based on the initiative’s goals of housing stability and decreased jail days. This report discusses the process partners have developed to refer eligible people to the supportive housing program and the challenges and successes of engaging participants throughout the housing lease-up process in the first two and a half years of the program. It also looks at housing stability and jail stays among participants.

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