A Look at the Men Served in 2020 and Their Outcomes

Joseph’s Home provides medical respite care for medically-fragile men experiencing homelessness. All of the men served are literally homeless and experiencing an acute medical condition that has led to repeated emergency room visits or hospitalization.

In 2020, the men we served were most often older adults, with a physical and/or mental health disability and at least one chronic health condition.

  • 76 men served in residence and in the community
  • 59 months, average length of stay
  • 100% were literally homeless, according to HUD’s definition
  • 42% were considered chronically homeless
  • 58% are over the age of 55
  • 58% are African-American
  • 7% are veterans
  • 53% have a physical disability
  • 84% have mental health condition or substance use disorder
  • 82% have a chronic health condition

Health & Well-Being Outcomes

Medical stability is measured by improvements made when a resident is at Joseph’s Home. Some markers of stability are more easily identifiable than others, such as coming in with an open wound and having the wound heal, or coming in with cancer and leaving cancer free. Other markers are less obvious but can still be measured, like a reduction in outward symptoms.

  • 69% of residents were medically stable when exiting Joseph’s Home
  • 75% of residents demonstrated improvement in medication management
    • Residents are expected to take at least 90% of their medications each week. Some residents have bad weeks and struggle with compliance. This leads to coaching and efforts from staff to increase medication compliance with the hope of increasing overall health and wellness.
  • 76% of residents demonstrated improvement in knowledge of medical condition
  • 69% of residents improved self-care ability

Housing Outcomes

Housing stability is measured by the percentage of people who exit to permanent housing and remain in that housing for a period of six months or longer. Some residents exit Joseph’s Home to higher levels of care, such as assisted living, which may be more appropriate based on their medical conditions. Ultimately, the goal is to exit residents to housing situations that end their homelessness for good and are most appropriate for the individual and for remaining healthy.

  • 57% exited to a stable setting, including 45% of residents who moved directly into permanent rental housing of their own
  • 36% of residents increased their incomes or obtained new/increased benefits