The Solution That Saves

Year One Evaluation Interim Findings 2016-2017

The Solution That Saves is part of a statewide pilot to provide Florida-specific data concerning the effectiveness of providing permanent supportive housing for high utilizers of crisis services.

The pilot initiative was developed by Florida Housing Finance Corporation. Florida Housing competitively selected three sites to develop and operate permanent supportive housing to serve each community’s persons with the greatest need. 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.

THE SOLUTION THAT SAVES

  • One of three pilot sites
  • Assesses cost impacts to publicly funded systems of care, comparing pre- and post-housing utilization and costs
  • Assesses impacts on pilot participants' health and quality of life
  • Jacksonville pilot has 90 participants-housed in Duval County
  • Participants identified by multiple organizations - including healthcare, criminal justice, and emergency service providers - as homeless or unstably housed high utilizers of crisis services
  • Selection criteria and methodology, evaluation team, and evaluation methodology approved by state agencies
  • Evaluation conducted by Health Tech Consultants, Inc. and Institutional Review Board approved

Permanent Supportive Housing: The linkage of affordable housing with voluntary, person-centered support services is the national best practice for helping chronically homeless individual and families permanently exit homelessness. This approach also enables adults with disabilities to live independently

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