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




While the Costing Tool is a helpful resource for demonstrating the benefit of the HCH model of care, the data housed in the tool has not been updated since 2014 and may not be reflective of current programmatic costs/benefits. For other ways to demonstrate the value of Health Care for the Homeless programs, we recommend viewing the “Demonstrating Value: Measuring the Value of the Health Care for the Homeless Grantees” webinar.

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.


  • 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.
  • Moderator: Molly Meinbresse, MPH, National Health Care for the Homeless Council
Categories: Funding for HCH, Policy and Advocacy
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