Some would argue that moving people from homelessness into stable housing is simply the "right" thing to do based on moral or even spiritual grounds. But the fact is that getting people out of shelters (and off the streets) and into supportive housing is a fiscally responsible investment for communities to make.
Opening Doors: the Federal Strategic Plan to Prevent and End Homelessness, was released in 2010. The United States Interagency Council on Homelessness (USICH) based the report on "a body of high quality research that demonstrates how targeted comprehensive solutions are far more effective and cost-efficient than temporary fixes." In other words, getting people into supportive housing is cheaper in the long run than letting people stay in the vicious cycle of homelessness and despair.
A variety of research on the national level is available for your consideration on the USICH website as well as in an overview of cost-effectiveness research listings compiled by the Corporation for Supportive Housing.
Each year, Miami Valley Housing Opportunities helps more than 800 members of our community find stability and hope in safe, affordable housing. And we do so in a way that is both fiscally responsible and respectful of human dignity. We operate with a budget that is "in the black" while making every penny count toward making a difference in as many lives as possible.