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A Costing Tool You Can Use: Demonstrating the Value of Services for People Experiencing Homelessness


Health Care for the Homeless health centers include diverse patient populations, services, projects, programs, and communities. The wide variation in patients and services can cause difficulty in measuring costs, outputs, and outcomes. However, health and cost outcomes data are critical as programs plan how best to use limited resources and seek additional funding. Webinar presenters from Brandeis University will share a tool they developed to help programs conduct basic economic analyses of homeless services to measure costs and benefits. Participants in the webinar will receive a free copy of the Excel tool. During the webinar, the main developers of this tool will describe its use. The preliminary results may be used to inform planning and policy, improve program operations, apply for funding, compare programs' performance, or to help justify a broader cost study. Results can also help supporters, funders, policy-makers and community stakeholders to understand a program's performance and the value of its services.


  • Molly Meinbresse, MPH, National Health Care for the Homeless Council


  • Donald S. Shepard, PhD, MPP, Professor, Heller School for Social Policy and Management, Brandeis University, Waltham, MA
  • Cynthia Tschampl, PhD(c), Researcher, Heller School for Social Policy and Management, Brandeis University, Waltham, MA
  • Sue Carson Moore, MPA, Homeless Clinic Coordinator, Charles Drew Health Center, Inc.

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