FUSE 10Yr Follow-Up Report Initial Findings

Aidala, Angela A.; Yomogida, Maiko; McAllister, William

The Frequent User Service Enhancement (FUSE) demonstration project brought together Corrections and other NYC public agencies, the Corporation for Supportive Housing, reentry advocates, and local housing providers to address complex needs of individuals with multiple experiences of incarceration and homelessness. Evaluation by Columbia researchers (Aidala et al. 2013) found that supportive housing significantly improved participants’ lives, reducing their (re)admissions and time spent in jail and homeless shelters, and use of crisis health services. Service use reductions resulted in significantly lower costs for government and for society as a whole. Results have inspired multiple jurisdictions throughout the US to launch similar efforts.

This is the initial report of findings from the FUSE 10YR Follow-Up Study which presents a unique opportunity to examine the role of stable housing as a critical component of successful community reentry, not simply in the short term but considering impacts over the life course. A mixed methods approach has analyzed longitudinal trajectories among multiple life domains –incarceration, housing, and health – analyzing inter-dependencies and policy and institutional contexts. This initial report presents results based on analysis of matched jail and administrative data sets using sequence analysis statistical techniques. Phase two will conduct in-person interviews with FUSE participants to better understand the role of stable housing to improve life outcomes among individuals narrowed by criminal justice involvement, and mechanisms by which housing makes a difference.

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August 2, 2023


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