UCLA CHPR was selected to evaluate a new program that creates permanent supportive housing for Californians who are experiencing chronic homelessness or are homeless and high-cost health users.

The Housing for a Healthy California (HHC) Program is a California Department of Housing and Community Development Program that was launched to develop supportive housing for individuals who are recipients of, or eligible for, health care provided through the California Department of Health Care Services’ Medi-Cal program. Specifically, the HHC program supports people who are experiencing homelessness or chronic homelessness, high-cost health users, Medi-Cal beneficiaries, and those who are eligible for Medi-Cal.  

The UCLA Center for Health Policy Research’s Health Economics and Evaluation Research (HEER) Program was selected to conduct the evaluation of the HHC program. The conceptual framework for this evaluation indicates that receipt of stable housing and supportive services under the HHC Program will improve the health of service recipients and will lead to lower health care costs.

The evaluation is currently underway and a report to the legislature will be shared in early 2024.