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Is shared housing a way to reduce homelessness? The effect of household arrangements on formerly homeless people

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  • He, Yinghua
  • O'Flaherty, Brendan
  • Rosenheck, Robert A.

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Most single adults share housing with other adults, and living alone is considerably more expensive than living with someone else. Yet policies that discourage shared housing for formerly homeless people or people at risk of becoming homeless are common, and those that encourage it are rare. This would be understandable if such housing adversely affected its users in some way. We ask whether shared housing produces adverse effects. Our provisional answer is no. For the most part, whether a person lives alone or shares housing seems to make no difference to the outcomes we studied although shared housing is associated with reduced psychotic symptomology. We use data from ACCESS, a 5-year, 18-site demonstration project with over 6000 formerly homeless individuals as participants.

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Article provided by Elsevier in its journal Journal of Housing Economics.

Volume (Year): 19 (2010)
Issue (Month): 1 (March)
Pages: 1-12

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Handle: RePEc:eee:jhouse:v:19:y:2010:i:1:p:1-12

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Keywords: Homelessness Shared housing Mental health Psychotic symptomology;

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  1. Marah Curtis & Hope Corman & Kelly Noonan & Nancy Reichman, 2013. "Life Shocks and Homelessness," Demography, Springer, vol. 50(6), pages 2227-2253, December.
  2. Burgard, Sarah A. & Seefeldt, Kristin S. & Zelner, Sarah, 2012. "Housing instability and health: Findings from the Michigan recession and recovery study," Social Science & Medicine, Elsevier, vol. 75(12), pages 2215-2224.
  3. Marah A. Curtis & Hope Corman & Kelly Noonan & Nancy E. Reichman, 2012. "Life Shocks and Homelessness," Working Papers 1374, Princeton University, Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, Center for Research on Child Wellbeing..

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