Commentary: Chronically homeless vets are a problem for all of us
This would be accomplished by providing housing for the most challenged in our communities, our veterans representing a significant percentage of this homeless population.
According to the Department of Housing and Urban Development, a chronically homeless person is "either an unaccompanied homeless individual with a disabling condition who has been continuously homeless for a year or more, or an unaccompanied individual with a disabling condition who has had a least four episodes of homelessness in the past three years."
The New England Journal of Medicine recently reported that this group comprises the highest users of costly hospital-based acute care. Further, it concluded that placing people who are homeless in supportive housing can lead to improved health care costs, especially when frequent users of health services are targeted.
During the past few years, Harbor Homes, the largest agency in the Partnership for Successful Living, in collaboration with federal, state and local agencies, has had demonstrated success in reducing homelessness, in particular among veterans and those with HIV/AIDS.
The fund will allow Harbor Homes to have the most impact within the homeless population and the community.
Mary Tamposi is the director of development at Harbor Homes
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