Homelessness is expensive. To some people it seems like a contradiction. To others it’s just obvious – living on the land takes a huge toll on the mind and body. It also takes a big toll on other publicly funded services – Medicaid, hospitals, schools, child welfare, jails, etc.
These cost issues are often the most effective point to make when trying to persuade policymakers who are reluctant to spend the funding needed to combat homelessness. That’s why we reviewed the research and summarized it all in this Homelessness is Expensive one-pager.