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      Consumer preference programs for individuals who are homeless and have psychiatric disabilities: a drop-in center and a supported housing program.

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          We illustrate Fairweather's approach to Experimental Social Innovation and Dissemination with two experimental studies of programs to reduce homelessness for 168 and 225 people with mental illness and often substance abuse. Literally homeless participants were randomly assigned to programs that emphasized consumer choice or to the usual continuum of care, in which housing and services are contingent on sobriety and progress in treatment. A drop-in center that eliminated barriers to access to services was more successful than control programs in reducing homelessness, but after 24 months only 38% of participants had moved to community housing. A subsequent apartment program, in which individuals in the experimental condition moved to subsidized apartments directly from the street, with services under their control, had 79% in stable housing (compared to 27% in the control group) at the end of 6 months. Groups in this study did not differ on substance abuse or psychosocial outcomes.

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          Journal
          Am J Community Psychol
          American journal of community psychology
          Springer Science and Business Media LLC
          0091-0562
          0091-0562
          Dec 2003
          : 32
          : 3-4
          Affiliations
          [1 ] Pathways to Housing, Inc., New York, New York 10027, USA. pathman101@aol.com
          Article
          10.1023/b:ajcp.0000004750.66957.bf
          14703266
          5c0d6245-8dde-43e5-b6c3-c394ae443d2a
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