New Report and Public Briefing: Improving Health Outcomes Among People Experiencing Homelessness

Nearly 87,000 individuals in the United States were considered chronically homeless in 2017. Research indicates that the impact of homelessness on health is significant; for example, people who are chronically homeless are at higher risk for infectious diseases and serious traumatic injuries.

Permanent Supportive Housing: Evaluating the Evidence for Improving Health Outcomes Among People Experiencing Chronic Homelessness, a new report from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, examines what is known about the impact of permanent supportive housing (PSH) programs -- which offer housing along with supportive services -- on the health outcomes of individuals experiencing homelessness. The report also identifies key research gaps and barriers to wider implementation of these programs.

The report will be released in conjunction with a public briefing on Wednesday, July 11. Offering an overview of the report’s recommendations will be Kenneth Kizer, chair of the study committee, and director of the Institute for Population Health Improvement and distinguished professor in the School of Medicine at the University of California, Davis. The briefing will be webcast.

DETAILS: The public briefing will run from 11 a.m. to noon EDT on July 11 in Room 120 of the National Academy of Sciences building, 2101 Constitution Ave., NW, Washington, D.C. Advance copies of the report will be available to reporters only beginning at 3 p.m. EDT on Tuesday, July 10. The report is embargoed and not for public release before 11 a.m. EDT on Wednesday, July 11. Reporters who wish to obtain a copy or attend the briefing should contact the Office of News and Public Information at tel. 202-334-2138 or email