Study Links Reduced Health Care Costs and Stable Home

In March 2014, the Center for Outcomes Research and Education (CORE) at Providence Portland Medical Center completed a study focused on health care outcomes at Home Forward's Bud Clark Commons apartments. Evaluators completed 98 interviews with residents and followed up with research on claims data for the 59 residents who were also Medicaid members.

The Bud Clark Commons apartments provide permanent homes for men and women who are assessed to be among the most vulnerable living on the streets. 

Major findings include:

  • There are significant reductions in medical costs after moving into the Bud Clark Commons – total Medicaid cost reductions topped $500,000 in the first year following resident move-in.
  • Cost savings came from residents avoiding acute health crises and more expensive medical services.
  • Residents saw a significant decline in unmet health care needs and improvements in physical and mental health.

Click here to download or read the report.

Click here to read a story in the Portland Business Journal that features two apartment residents.


Updated on April 17, 2014.