Impact of Chronically Street Homeless Tenants in Congregate Supportive Housing

A. J. Levitt, John Jost, K. A. Mergl, A. Hannigan, J. Degenova, S. Y. Chung

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Abstract

New initiatives to house chronically street homeless (CSH) adults have led to increasing proportions of this population living in congregate supportive housing, but little is known about the impact of this shift on supportive housing programs. The present multisite, mixed-methods study examined service utilization and lease compliance among 52 chronically street homeless and 46 long-term shelter stayer (LTSS) adults during their first 12months in congregate supportive housing. Quantitative analysis of administrative data revealed that CSH tenants used significantly more service resources than LTSS tenants, including more advocacy, escorting, and psychiatric treatment and more assistance with financial, housing, and mental and physical health issues. The 2 groups did not differ significantly on measures of lease compliance. Qualitative focus groups with CSH tenants, service provider staff, and property management staff all indicated that existing supportive housing services are suitable for this population, although some adjustments, additional resources, or both, may be indicated.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)413-420
Number of pages8
JournalAmerican Journal of Orthopsychiatry
Volume82
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 2012
Externally publishedYes

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Social Adjustment
Focus Groups
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Mental Health
Homeless
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Shelter
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Quantitative Analysis
Advocacy
Mixed Methods
Proportion
Physical Health

Keywords

  • Lease compliance
  • Service utilization
  • Services-in-housing intervention model
  • Sheltered homeless adults
  • Street homeless adults
  • Supportive housing

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychiatry and Mental health
  • Psychology (miscellaneous)
  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology

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Impact of Chronically Street Homeless Tenants in Congregate Supportive Housing. / Levitt, A. J.; Jost, John; Mergl, K. A.; Hannigan, A.; Degenova, J.; Chung, S. Y.

In: American Journal of Orthopsychiatry, Vol. 82, No. 3, 07.2012, p. 413-420.

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Levitt, A. J. ; Jost, John ; Mergl, K. A. ; Hannigan, A. ; Degenova, J. ; Chung, S. Y. / Impact of Chronically Street Homeless Tenants in Congregate Supportive Housing. In: American Journal of Orthopsychiatry. 2012 ; Vol. 82, No. 3. pp. 413-420.
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