VA Housing First Implementation Brief
In April 2014, the VA National Center on Homelessness Among Veterans released an evaluation of a Housing First pilot program. According to the evaluation, providing housing to homeless veterans without requiring them to meet standards of abstinence or psychiatric stability or complete a treatment program is a cost-effective solution. The study, which looked at about 700 homeless veterans served by 14 VA medical centers, found that 84 percent were still living in permanent housing after a year. It also showed that decreases in acute health care services led to significant reductions in health care costs, including a 32 percent reduction in total direct VA health care costs and a 54 percent reduction in more intensive inpatient costs.