Brisbane city during 50 Lives 50 Homes registry week in June 2010. Photography: Patrick Hamilton.

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Posted 05-03-2018
What are the health, social and economic benefits of providing public housing and support to formerly homeless people?

AHURI Final Report No.265

Authors: Lisa Wood, Paul Flatau, Kaylene Zaretzky, Sarah Foster, Shannen Vallesi, Darja Miscenko.
Copyright: Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute Limited 2016

This research found that supporting formerly homeless people and those at risk of homelessness into public housing in Western Australia reduced their use of health services as well as the frequency with which they did so. The reduction in health service use, which was particularly evident for hospital stays and psychiatric care, could save WA $4,846 per person per year for a total of $16.4 million per year. This increases to $84,135 per person per year for clients of the NPAH Mental Health program.