Cost-utility analysis of the housing and health intervention for homeless and unstably housed persons living with HIV

AIDS Behav. 2013 Jun;17(5):1626-31. doi: 10.1007/s10461-012-0204-3.


We present a cost-utility analysis based on data from the Housing and Health (H&H) Study of rental assistance for homeless and unstably housed persons living with HIV in Baltimore, Chicago and Los Angeles. As-treated analyses found favorable associations of housing with HIV viral load, emergency room use, and perceived stress (an outcome that can be quantitatively linked to quality of life). We combined these outcome data with information on intervention costs to estimate the cost-per-quality-adjusted-life-year (QALY) saved. We estimate that the cost-per-QALY-saved by the HIV-related housing services is $62,493. These services compare favorably (in terms of cost-effectiveness) to other well-accepted medical and public health services.

Publication types

  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, Non-P.H.S.
  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Cost-Benefit Analysis
  • HIV Infections* / economics
  • HIV Infections* / therapy
  • Homeless Persons*
  • Housing* / economics
  • Humans
  • Quality of Life
  • Social Work* / economics
  • Social Work* / methods
  • United States