Take Survey
MEDIA, JOBS & RESOURCES for the COMMON GOOD
NEWS  |  General, Research

Public Housing Could Save Health Millions – Homelessness Report


Tuesday, 2nd August 2016 at 11:29 am
Lina Caneva, Editor
A new report has found that the provision of public housing for people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness could save nearly $5,000 per individual each year in health costs alone.

Tuesday, 2nd August 2016
at 11:29 am
Lina Caneva, Editor


0 Comments


FREE SOCIAL
SECTOR NEWS

 Print
Public Housing Could Save Health Millions – Homelessness Report
Tuesday, 2nd August 2016 at 11:29 am

A new report has found that the provision of public housing for people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness could save nearly $5,000 per individual each year in health costs alone.

Commission social housing RS

The Western Australian study, undertaken for the Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute (AHURI), is the first in Australia to link health care costs to national data examining the impact of homelessness programs and public housing.

The report, What are the health, social and economic benefits of providing public housing and support to formerly homeless people?, was authored by researchers at the UWA Business School’s Centre for Social Impact.

The study found that providing stable public housing for homeless people could save the Western Australian health system more than $16 million a year.

The research, led by Professor Paul Flatau and Dr Lisa Wood, was released as part of national Homelessness Week.

Flatau said the study examined the outcomes of the supported tenancy programs as part of the  National Partnership Agreement on Homelessness (NPAH). It looked at the ratio of high needs to outcomes among people given prioritised access to public housing by the Department of Housing due to homelessness.

“We found that providing public housing for people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness could save nearly $5,000 per person each year in health costs alone, and when coupled with support from an NPAH program the annual saving was over $13,000 per person,” Flatau said.

“After entering a public housing tenancy, the number of people presenting to hospital and the duration and frequency of health service use fell significantly.

“The reduction was most notable in emergency department admissions, duration of hospital stay and use of psychiatric services for those with severe mental health issues; all of which cost the health system an enormous amount each year.”

WA Homlessness CSI report image

Associate Professor Lisa Wood said the study provided compelling evidence of the merits of more integrated solutions to homelessness and the strain on the health system.

“The high prevalence of mental health issues among people who are homeless is well documented, but our research showed that use of mental health services significantly reduced when people who have been homeless were provided with public housing and support,” Wood said.

“The tenant surveys undertaken as part of our research reveal the powerful stories behind the statistics, and highlight how mental and physical health is profoundly impacted when people face housing insecurity and homelessness.”


Lina Caneva  |  Editor  |  @ProBonoNews

Lina Caneva has been a journalist for more than 35 years, and Editor of Pro Bono Australia News since it was founded in 2000.


Got a story to share?

Got a news tip or article idea for Pro Bono News? Or perhaps you would like to write an article and join a growing community of sector leaders sharing their thoughts and analysis with Pro Bono News readers?

Get in touch at news@probonoaustralia.com.au

Get more stories like this

FREE SOCIAL
SECTOR NEWS

Write a Reply or Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *



YOU MAY ALSO LIKE

Victorian Community Sector Celebrates Andrews Government Re-election

Maggie Coggan

Monday, 26th November 2018 at 5:01 pm

The Hidden Suffering of Women Sleeping Rough Revealed

Luke Michael

Monday, 19th November 2018 at 4:34 pm

Why do People Really Become Homeless?

Contributor

Wednesday, 14th November 2018 at 5:36 pm

Cross-Sector Coordination to Tackle Homelessness

Maggie Coggan

Wednesday, 24th October 2018 at 5:50 pm

POPULAR

NDIS Service Providers Cautious Over Complex Needs Pricing Shake-Up

Maggie Coggan

Monday, 10th December 2018 at 5:11 pm

Australians With Disability Twice as Likely to be Evicted Without Cause

Luke Michael

Wednesday, 5th December 2018 at 5:29 pm

Putting Disability and Leadership in the Same Sentence

Maggie Coggan

Monday, 3rd December 2018 at 8:56 am

Glyn Davis Confirmed as New Head of the Ramsay Foundation

Maggie Coggan

Wednesday, 5th December 2018 at 6:00 pm

Take Survey
pba inverse logo
Subscribe Twitter Facebook

Get the social sector's most essential news coverage. Delivered free to your inbox every Tuesday and Thursday morning.

You have Successfully Subscribed!