ShelterCare Quarterly Newsletter: Winter 2010

winter 2010ShelterCare’s The Inside Program: Reducing the Burden on Community Services

In 2006, ShelterCare implemented The Inside Program (TIP) to provide stable, long-term housing for homeless individuals diagnosed with psychiatric disabilities. The design of TIP was inspired by the Housing First model, which prioritizes providing stable housing to individuals with psychiatric disabilities. Once stabilized, case management support helps clients reduce their consumption of high-cost community services and improve their quality of life. 

Once TIP participants have secured their housing, they are able to work toward resolution and management of the conditions that led to their homelessness. To effectively gauge the success of the program, ShelterCare conducted an analysis of the usage of high-cost community services by TIP clients. As evidenced by the charts below, with stable housing and the extensive case management provided by ShelterCare, the use of high-cost community services by TIP clients was dramatically reduced. 

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