Housing homeless cheaper, more effective than status quo: study

Date: September 25, 2012 Author: Mantis System Categories: Latest News

A new study says there’s a consensus forming on how to fix one of the most stubborn social problems: homelessness.

The study by Stephen Gaetz, director of the Canadian Homelessness Research Network, pulls together research from across Canada and the United States, which suggests it’s far cheaper to give a homeless person a place to live than to provide a patchwork of emergency services.

Mr. Gaetz says governments spend at least $4.5-billion a year dealing with homeless people, including the costs of emergency health care, mental-health services, law enforcement, shelters and food banks.

That’s because their use of the health system is high and unpredictable, because they often have run-ins with the law and because upon release from jail, they often end up homeless again.

 Read the full article here, courtesy of The Globe and Mail