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Evaluation of a Comprehensive SAMHSA Service Program for Individuals Experiencing Chronic Homelessness

  • Molly Brown
  • Michael Rowe
  • Alison Cunningham
  • Allison N. Ponce
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Introduction

Chronic homelessness is an enduring condition experienced by more than 75,000 individual adults in the USA.1 An individual is considered chronically homeless if they have a disabling condition and has been residing on the street or in emergency shelters continuously for 12 months or on at least four separate occasions in 3 years.2 Qualifying disabilities include substance use disorders, serious mental illness, developmental disability, post-traumatic stress disorder, brain injury-induced cognitive impairments, and chronic physical disability or illness.2 Chronic homelessness is a significant challenge to address, as it is not generally the result of one illness, one missed rent payment, or one period of unemployment. Rather, it is often the result of interactions between societal factors, such as limited availability of affordable housing and personal vulnerabilities,3making the task of exiting homelessness especially complex. Individuals experiencing chronic...

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Funding Information

This work was supported by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, and in part by the State of Connecticut Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services through its funding of the Connecticut Mental Health Center.

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Conflict of Interest

The authors declare that they have no conflicts of interest.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of PsychologyDePaul UniversityChicagoUSA
  2. 2.Department of Psychiatry, Yale School of MedicineNew HavenUSA
  3. 3.Columbus House, Inc.New HavenUSA
  4. 4.Department of Psychiatry, Yale School of MedicineNew HavenUSA

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