VOX RECENTLY REPORTED A STUDY by the Central Florida Commission looking at the costs of homelessness in Orange, Seminole, and Osceola County. The study found that those regions spent an average of around $31,000 a year per homeless person. These costs come from salaries of law-enforcement officers needed to arrest the homeless for non-violent offenses, the cost of jail stays, emergency-room visits, general hospitalization, and more.
They compared this to the cost of giving the homeless a place to stay and a caseworker to assist them with their needs: only $10,000 per person.
“When it comes to the chronically homeless, you don’t need to fix everything to improve their lives. You don’t even really need new public money. What you need to do is target those resources at the core of the problem — a lack of housing — and deliver the housing, rather than spending twice as much on sporadic legal and medical interventions.”