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Chronic Homelessness: Background, Research, and Outcomes—Libby Perl, Erin Bagalman, Congressional Research Service

An impetus for prioritizing chronically homeless individuals for permanent housing resources is evidence that they use many high-cost services such as emergency rooms, hospitals, law enforcement resources, and emergency shelters. According to some research, providing PSH could be more cost-effective than providing emergency shelter or transitional housing, or even no intervention.

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