Using Pay for Success to Improve Outcomes for Persistently Homeless in Sacramento

Published Wednesday, April 11, 2018 | by Social Finance

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In 2017, Social Finance partnered with the City of Sacramento, Sacramento County, and Sutter Health for a study that integrated data on program utilization from Sacramento's system of care for the homeless, Sacramento County's behavioral health services and jail system, and Sacramento's public ambulances and Police IMPACT team. The study was conducted to better understand the costs associated with homelessness and they found that these costs were concentrated in a small segment of individuals: those who are high-utilizers of the County and City's services. The report explores these results and provides suggestions to improve outcomes for the persistently homeless in Sacramento, including the consideration of Pay for Success contracts built around permanent housing and intensive support services.