Chronically Homeless Individuals

CSH defines long-term homelessness  as the experience of someone who:

  • has chronic health conditions that are at least episodically disabling, such as mental illness, substance abuse, HIV/AIDS, or other substantial barriers to housing stability.
  • has been homeless for one year or more or has spent three or more stays in the streets, emergency shelters or other temporary settings.

Chronically homeless men and women often have multiple, co-occurring medical, mental health and substance abuse disorders, as well as other barriers to housing stability like histories of trauma and violence and of incarceration. The intensive impact this segment of homeless people have on emergency systems of care, leads them to use nearly half of the resources in the homeless services system.

Supportive housing is a primary factor contributing to a meaningful reduction in the numbers of people experiencing long-term homelessness. For 20 years, CSH has been working to address chronic homelessness by building, expanding and improving the supportive housing industry.

See all CSH's Chronically Homeless Resources



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