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The Cost of Homelessness

Updated: Dec 27, 2019

We are pleased to be able to share with you a video presentation of our Cost of Homelessness study by Kasper Kittredge, VISTA Cost of Homelessness Coordinator. Linn County, Iowa has been tracking the number of individuals and families experiencing homelessness for years. This is the first study that looks directly at the costs of persistent homelessness locally. The study finds that for some individuals the costs of being homeless can be extraordinarily expensive. However, with appropriate housing interventions, these costs can dramatically decrease.

Special thanks and credit to Alizé McClure, VISTA Storyteller for creating this video

This project explores the financial costs associated with persistent homelessness by studying the lives of eight individuals in Linn County. Researchers worked with participants who had primarily lived in Linn County from July 2013 to June 2018, and who experienced a minimum of one year of homelessness during that period. Through interviews, researchers established participant’s monthly housing history and gained access to participant’s medical and social services records.

For a pdf of the full Cost of Homelessness study: Familiar Faces Report

More Cost of Homelessness Coverage - The Gazette

For more information or additional questions please contact 319-362-7555 or email

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