Supportive Housing and Healthcare Outcomes

A study recently published in Health Affairs explored the effects of supportive housing on the health outcomes of formerly homeless individuals. The researchers used a mixture of survey and Medicaid claims data to understand how a stable place to live with onsite health services impacted the health outcomes of formerly 98 formerly homeless individuals living in a supportive housing facility in Oregon between 2010 and 2014.

In terms of the Medicaid claims, the researchers found a reduction in the overall healthcare expenditures for the individuals after moving into supportive housing. The lower costs were attributed to fewer emergency department visits and less use of inpatient care. At the same time, the survey respondents reported:

  • improved access to care
  • stronger connections to primary care providers
  • better subjective health outcomes.

Access the full study, “Formerly Homeless People Had Lower Overall Healthcare Expenditures after Moving into Supportive Housing,” from the Health Affairs website.