The Contribution of Schizophrenia to Homelessness: Analysis of the Housing First Model and Possible Prevention of Serious Mental Illness

Elijah Grillo, Jefferson Medical College, Thomas Jefferson University


The Problem

  • 2.6 million schizophrenics in the US accounting for more inpatient treatment days than any other medical illness (national cost: $62 billion/year).
  • 6% (~160,000) are homeless or live in shelters
  • Make up 36% of the 700,000 homeless individuals in the US.