Joe Finn and Michael Durkin write in Commonwealth Magazine about the Massachusetts innovative pay-for-success model:

Now, it is time to begin housing the homeless in Boston and across the state–for good. The goal of the new pay for success initiative launched last month by the Commonwealth is to place nearly half of the state’s chronically homeless population in supportive housing. There are an estimated 1,590 chronically homeless individuals in Massachusetts. That means if the effort is successful, up to 800 of these chronically homeless individuals will be placed in supportive housing.


Long-term homeless persons with histories of cycling in and out of emergency and acute care are best served by being housed. This approach ends their homelessness and their reliance on emergency resources, ultimately serving as a more cost-effective and efficient approach to creating change that lasts.

Click to read the full article: Dealing with Chronic Homelessness: Pay for Success Approach Show Promise.

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