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Housing Homeless Cheaper, More Effective Than Status Quo: study

March 26, 2017 - 2:14 pm / 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.

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