New Update: Chronic Homelessness Evidence Base

Now available from the Center for Evidence-based Solutions to Homelessness, a new evidence base on Chronic Homelessness.

What was once viewed as the “typical” experience of homelessness—long-term or repeated episodes on the street or in shelters—we now recognize as chronic patterns, affecting only about 10 to 15 percent of people experiencing homelessness. Our synthesis of the evidence by expert Dennis Culhane discusses how perceptions of chronic homelessness have evolved, the strength of the current evidence on how to prevent and end chronic homelessness, and implications for policy and practice.

In particular, we look at the role that permanent supportive housing can play in resolving current episodes of chronic homelessness, as well as lower-intensity tools that can prevent chronic patterns. We also examine how experiences of chronic homelessness differ for individuals and families, and the implications of those differences for resource allocation and service provision.


April 2018