Rates and Risk Factors for Homelessness After Successful Housing in a Sample of Formerly Homeless Veterans

Research suggests that housing combined with mental health services is an effective intervention for helping homeless persons with psychiatric disorders, addictive disorders, or both to access and maintain community housing . Once housed, a substantial proportion of these individuals maintain community housing for significant periods. In a five-year longitudinal study of 2,937 homeless persons with serious mental illness, Lipton and colleagues  found that 75% of their sample remained continuously housed at the one-year follow-up period and 50% remained housed at the five-year follow-up period. Although these figures are promising, far too many individuals return to homelessness after being housed.

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