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A “critical time” intervention reduced homelessness in inner city men with psychiatric problems

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To evaluate a “critical time” intervention for the prevention of recurrent homelessness in inner city men.


Randomised controlled trial with 18 month follow up.


Community based study in New York City, USA.


96 men (60% ≥35 y of age, 74% African American) who were discharged to community housing from an on site psychiatry programme in a New York City men's shelter. All patients had major mental illness, such as schizophrenia or bipolar psychoses. Housing ranged from intensively supervised community residences to single room occupancy hotels with on site social services. Follow up was 98%.


Patients being resettled were …

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