Wisconsin Balance of State Continuum of Care says the most recent report along these lines was a May 2014 Central Florida Commission on Homelessness study indicating that the region spends $31,000 a year per homeless person on “the salaries of law-enforcement officers to arrest and transport homeless individuals — largely for nonviolent offenses such as trespassing, public intoxication or sleeping in parks — as well as the cost of jail stays, emergency-room visits and hospitalization for medical and psychiatric issues.” By contrast, getting each homeless person a house and a caseworker to supervise their needs would cost about $10,000 a year per person.
Follow this link for the complete story . . . Giving housing to the homeless is 3 times cheaper than leaving them on the street.
Lakeshore CAP’s Supportive Housing Program has 3 case managers who assist eligible homeless individuals and households — or those at risk of becoming homeless — maintain housing and work towards self-sufficiency. We greatly appreciate any funds donated to further these goals in our area communities!