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Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
Cost of Homelessness
Homelessness comes at a very high cost – to individuals, communities, and systems of care. A growing body of research demonstrates that communities save money by providing permanent supportive housing to people experiencing homelessness. In short, it is proven to be more cost effective to provide permanent supportive housing than to leave someone on the streets or in shelters. The research shows that providing housing to someone experiencing chronic homelessness results in reduced utilization of publicly funded services such as police, hospital, emergency and impatient services, and the correctional systems.

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