Just before the new year, the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH), the New York City Human Resources Administration (HRA), and the New York State Office of Mental Health (OMH) released a report showing that those who were part of a New York/New York III (NY/NY III) supportive housing program utilized an average of $10,100 per year less in public spending compared to their peers who were not placed in a NY/NY III program. These savings were generated across public systems. On average, NY/NY III tenants spent fewer days in homeless shelters, were less likely to spend time in jail or prison, utilized less cash assistance, and were less likely to end up in an State-operated psychiatric facility, than their unplaced eligible counterparts.
The New York/New York III supportive housing model involves supportive housing residences that are owned and operated by nonprofit organizations. The model allows tenants to reside in affordable apartments with easy access to onsite support services that they may need to stay housed and healthy. The target populations for NY/NY III housing include those who are chronically homeless or at risk of homelessness and who have serious mental illness, substance use disorders, chronic medical conditions, or HIV/AIDS, as well as youth who are aging out of foster care. Currently, there are 45,000 units of supportive housing in New York, and because of its demonstrated effectiveness, that number continues to grow.
This most recent report by DOHMH, HRA, and OMH further establishes the importance of residential development, in combination with support services, for both client stabilization and recovery.
To view the full report, visit the Supportive Housing Network of New York’s (SHNNY) website, here.