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Housing Choice, Outcomes, and Neighborhood Characteristics in Housing Programs for Individuals with a Serious Mental Illness: Analysis of a Phoenix Survey of Individuals with Serious Mental Illness

Author: ALVIN MUSHKATEL, SUBHRAJIT GUHATHAKURA, JACKIE THOMPSON, and MICHAEL FRANCZAK
Published in PAQ, Vol. 33 No. 4

This study examines the determinants of quality of life of individuals with a Serious Mental Illness (SMI) / Homeless individuals who were experimentally housed under two programs in the Phoenix Metropolitan Area. Specifically, it assesses the relative contributions of individual characteristics and contextual factors in explaining their “feeling of life in general”. The study reveals that contextual factors such as neighborhood racial composition, incomes, housing tenure and concentrations of other subsidized housing in the census tract significantly impact quality of life of individuals with survey respondents. In addition, those respondents housed under the Supported Housing (SH) program fared better than others who were housed in Supervised Independent Living (SIL) units.

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