Relationships among demographic characteristics, diagnostic groups,
presenting problems, and service use were examined in two groups of
mentally ill persons: a group of 60 formerly homeless persons who had been
housed for at least 24 months and a group of 60 persons who remained
homeless. Use of eight types of services over a 26-month period was
examined. Women were significantly more likely to be housed than men.
Individuals whose primary presenting problem was subsistence needs were
more likely to be housed than those whose primary problem was mental,
illness or substance abuse. Those with a diagnosis of personality disorder
used fewer services. Housed individuals were more likely to use services
than those who were homeless.