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Connecticut Supportive Housing Demonstration Program
Evaluation Report Highlights July 1, 2002

The Connecticut Supportive Housing Demonstration Program was initiated in June 1992 by the State of Connecticut and the Corporation for Supportive Housing.  Between 1993 and 1998, the program financed the development of 281 units of affordable, service-enriched rental housing for homeless and at-risk populations, many of whom were coping with mental illness, histories of substance addiction, or HIV/AIDS.  This demonstration also evaluated the success of the program, to determine whether the supportive housing model that had already been tested on a large scale in New York City and Chicago would work in the mid-sized cities and smaller communities of Connecticut.

A 2002 program evaluation, conducted by an independent evaluation team including researchers from The Center for Mental Health Policy and Services Research of the University of Pennsylvania Health Care System, found that supportive housing created positive outcomes for tenants while decreasing their use of acute and expensive health services. In addition, property values in the neighborhoods surrounding the supportive housing have increased or remained steady since the projects were developed.  In short, supportive housing is a cost-effective use of Connecticut’s resources to build healthy homes and communities for homeless and at-risk persons and families around the state.

Some of the major findings from this third and final report of the program evaluation include:

Tenant Characteristics

Medicaid Data

Evaluators looked at Medicaid records to identify tenants’ service utilization during the two years before and the three years after entering the housing.  For the 126 Medicaid-eligible tenants who entered the housing and stayed in the housing for three years, the study found that they:

 Decreased their utilization of restrictive and expensive health services:

Increased their usage of less expensive ongoing and preventive health care:

Tenant Outcomes

Project Financial Stability

This portion of the study analyzed the financial stability of the nine housing projects, all of which had been in operation for at least 30 months as of February 2001: Liberty Commons in Middletown; Hudson View Commons and Mary Seymour Apartments in Hartford; Crescent and Fairfield Apartments in Bridgeport; Colony and Atlantic Park Apartments in Stamford; Cedar Hill Apartments in New Haven; Brick Row Apartments in Willimantic.  Key findings of the analysis include:

 Impact on Property Values and Economic Benefits

Evaluators analyzed sales of commercial buildings in each of the projects’ immediate neighborhood, including apartment, retail and office properties, that occurred from just prior to the completion of the supportive housing projects (1996-1998) to the March 2002.  They found that:

Copies of the evaluation report are available through the Corporation for Supportive Housing, 129 Church Street, Suite 815, New Haven CT 06510, or through our web site at www.csh.org.

*This data is contained in the October 1999 report.

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