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People are often surprised to learn that the cost of homelessness can be quite high. Research has shown that homelessness can be more costly than shelter or housing. Hospitalizations, ER treatment, incarceration, emergency response costs such as police and ambulance services, emergency shelter expenses, detox services, and other expenses can add up quickly for local municipalities and taxpayers.

The National Alliance to End Homelessness provides a great overview of the costs of homelessness, breaking the topic down according to: Hospitalization and Medical Treatment, Prisons and Jails, and Emergency Shelter.

In addition, studies comparing the cost of homelessness and the cost of permanent supportive housing found significant cost reductions when providing housing for people.