The Value of Ending Veteran and Chronic Homelessness in Four Communities

Research Report

The Value of Ending Veteran and Chronic Homelessness in Four Communities

A Framework for Measuring Community-Wide Costs and Benefits

Abstract

Communities across the country are ending veteran and chronic homelessness. The benefits of ending homelessness for an individual are well documented, but much less is known about the community-level impacts of ending homelessness. This report explores the impact of ending veteran and/or chronic homelessness in four communities. We observed that the effort required to end homelessness for a population results in not only more people having the dignity of housing but also efficiencies in the homelessness response system, reduced work for other community systems, and improvements in public spaces.   

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