Evaluation of the Chronic Homeless Services and Housing (CHSH) Project
Study Dates: 2011 – 2014
Study Description: This project was part of a three year, $1.4 million Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) grant to develop, implement, and evaluate the Chronic Homeless Services and Housing (CHSH) project over the course of a three-year period. The CHSH project was designed by The Road Home (TRH) to fill existing gaps by providing resources and building relationships at the point of client contact, using an interdisciplinary outreach team to deliver services, and staying close to the client at every point during the housing process.
CHSH's goal is to use a Housing First approach to stably house chronically homeless individuals who have been the most challenging to engage, have a history of substance abuse and/or mental illness, and who have not been successful in accessing existing permanent supportive housing (PSH). The Housing First model is often defined as an intervention in which housing resources are provided with no requirement or contingencies (e.g., abstinence or employment).
UCJC conducted an evaluation to determine whether participant outcomes improved in the areas of housing stability, access to substance abuse and mental health treatment, use of emergency services, and contact with the criminal justice system.