Affordable Housing & PSH Data/FAQ
Ability Housing’s focus on the needs of the citizens has created a positive impact for the entire community. In addition to significant cost savings to taxpayers, the work of Ability Housing improves blighted neighborhoods. According to the Journal of the American Medical Academy, supportive housing results in a net savings of $3,822 per housed person per month after accounting for the housing program costs.
According to a study by the U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services, supportive housing organizations like Ability Housing create:
- Positive impacts on health. Decreases of more than 50% in tenants’ emergency room visits and hospital inpatient days; decreases in tenants’ use of emergency detoxification services by more than 80% and increases in use of preventive health care services
- Positive impacts on employment. Increases of 50% in earned income and 40% in rate of participant employment when employment services are provided in supportive housing, and a significant decrease in dependence on entitlements ($1,448 decrease per tenant each year.)
- Positive impacts on treating mental illness. Supportive housing has proven to be a popular and effective approach for many mentally ill people as it affords both independence and as-needed support.
- Positive impacts on reducing or ending substance use. Once people with histories of substance use achieve sobriety, their living situation is often a factor in their ability to stay clean and sober