An Examination of Fulfilled Housing Preferences and Quality of Life Among Homeless Persons With Mental Illness And/or Substance Use Disorders

This study examined the types of housing features considered important to a sample of homeless persons diagnosed with a mental illness and/or substance use disorder and the relationship between the degree to which important features were obtained in subsequent housing and subjective quality of life, clinical and housing outcomes at 3-month and 1-year follow-up periods. After controlling for significant clinical and sociodemographic covariates, results from regression analyses indicate that the degree to which a client's individual housing preferences were realized in dwellings is significantly associated with greater quality of life in the future, but not clinical outcomes or housing tenure. This study was conducted at the Yale Department of Psychiatry, VA Northeast Program Evaluation Center, 950 Campbell Avenue, West Haven, CT 06516, USA. (Authors)

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Journal of Behavioral Health Services & Research