There are many ways to measure impact and we're constantly trying to find methods that capture the value of our work in the most accurate way.
Take a look at some of our data and research.
IMPROVE HEALTH & WELLNESS
Housing is a key social determinant of health.
Families adequately supported and brought together create a reduction in state custody and foster care costs
Smart policies create system-wide cost savings in emergency services, shelter, and healthcare costs
EQUITY & INCLUSION
Everyone deserves to be part of their community.
INCREASE SELF ESTEEM & SELF WORTH
People feel secure, healthy, and feel best when they belong, and have a safe and stable place to call home
People thrive when we remove barriers and create access to jobs, social interaction, and education
JUST THE NUMBERS
Total number of people housed since CHOM's inception
Number of people who have their own home
Percent of people in CHOM housing with some type of disability
CHOM also focuses on creating recovery residences. This type of supportive housing offers a balance of comprehensive support, structure, accountability, and real-world flexibility in encountering relapse.
CHOM’s recovery residences are MARR certified and include MAT. These very structured programs help people successfully rebuild their lives.
CHOM helps individuals integrate into mainstream society, obtain employment, establish more permanent residences, and live life to their optimal potential.
We present here some raw data from two of our recovery residences.
People housed in two particular Recovery Residences to date
People reunited with their family, including their children
People have sustained remission from use of opioids
People are currently permanently housed, including independent living situations
ULTRA-LOW BARRIER PERMANENT SUPPORTIVE HOUSING
CHOM has worked in tandem with community organizations throughout Maine to create an innovative ultra-low barrier model of Permanent Supportive Housing (PSH). Ultra-Low Barrier PSH adapts the Housing First evidenced-based best practice model for populations that have not been successful in traditional Housing First supportive housing models.
CHOM's 1st Ultra-Low Barrier PSH Program: Ashlea’s Place
20 organizations decide weekly on priority candidates from by a name list of long-term stayers.
There is no lease and only two rules: no smoking & no guests
People simply walk right in and live there.
The program is funded like a shelter to remove all barriers to entry, but actually is PSH.
ESAC LTS INITIATIVE
CHOM has worked in tandem with community organizations throughout Maine to end and prevent homelessness for people experiencing chronic and long-term homelessness since April 2015 through the Emergency Shelter Assessment Committee (ESAC) Long Term Stayer (LTS) Sub Committee.
The ESAC LTS Committee is focused on a by-name list effort to house and keep housed the longest stayers in homelessness (Long Term Stayers – LTS) in Portland. The group of more than 20 organizations has been at this for almost eight years and has now housed more than 430 LTS, and they have more than a 92% success rate in their housing.
The by-name list data tracks and analyzes jail and hospital utilization, comparing jail and hospital utilization for people who were unhoused versus people who had been housed through the initiative. This analysis demonstrates that LTS who are unhoused are up to 57 times more likely to be in jail, and more than 29 times more likely to be in the hospital versus the same group of LTS when housed.
People housed through the ESAC LTS
Initiative to date
Success rate in housing LTS through this initiative since its inception
LTS who are unhoused are up to 57 times mores likely to be in jail than when they are housed
LTS who are unhoused are up to 29 times mores likely to be in the hospital than when they are housed
SYSTEM-WIDE COST SAVINGS
There is sufficient international research which has found that permanent supportive housing lowers overall system-wide costs. When not supported, certain people tend to ricochet through emergency rooms, hospitals, homeless shelters, jails, and police and rescue systems. Permanent supportive housing stabilizes lives and stops this pattern of expensive crises.
CHOM's Inclusive Housing Model embeds permanent supportive housing into larger, multi-family housing projects. This allows housing to effectively include people with the longest histories of homelessness - our Long Term Stayers.
The data below, from a research study conducted in 2015, demonstrates the efficacy of this housing model, pioneered at CHOM's Danforth on High project in Portland.
Annual cost savings to the community per person
Annual reduction in costs overall per person
Reduction in police, ambulance, and jail utilization
Reduction in total costs of emergency & mental health services