Cheaper to provide housing than leave people homeless

"Homeless on bench" by Fernando de Sousa

New research commissioned by the University of Melbourne has discovered that the most cost-effective way to handle homelessness is to provide those who are in need with emergency housing.

As each homeless person costs $25, 615 per annum in Victoria, the collective 7, 500 people living on the streets costs the state $194 million dollars every year.

The Case for Investing in Last Resort Housing report details that when the first step of giving people shelter is completed, the demand on emergency services, on police, and on healthcare falls.



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