The Solution That Saves is part of an innovative state pilot to determine the cost benefits of providing Permanent Supportive Housing to high utilizers of crisis services. “High-utilizers” refers to persons experiencing homelessness who have chronic health conditions and frequently cycle through costly publicly funded systems of care. These systems include emergency rooms, shelters, criminal justice, and psychiatric facilities.
Ability Housing was the recipient of a special appropriation of funding through the Florida Housing Finance Corporation to fund one of three pilot sites to demonstrate the effectiveness of providing PSH to high utilizers of crisis services who are experiencing housing instability. The pilot sites are located in Duval, Miami-Dade and Pinellas Counties.
A supportive housing work-group was convened, comprised of representatives from The Agency for Health Care Administration, Department of Children and Families, Department of Elder Affairs, Department of Health, Department of Veterans Affairs, and Florida Housing. These work-group members evaluated the pilot proposals and agreed to assist Florida Housing and each pilot site with addressing respective issues regarding the implementation of the pilot and cost-benefit study and/or evaluation.