Calgary’s approach to ending homeless continues to produce demonstrable cost-savings to taxpayer-funded services by reducing the overall use of public services. The cost-savings allows the Government of Alberta to reallocate the funds to other necessary public services.
Housing with wraparound support programs helps residents achieve and maintain housing stability and improve their overall well-being. It benefits people, public systems and communities. High system users cost the public systems an average of $87,000 per year. Once a person is housed and stability is achieved, their permanent housing and the required supports cost approximately $30,500 per year, a 65% reduction.1
A significant portion of these taxpayer-funded savings come from the health care system, specifically, through a reduction in the number of nights individuals spend in the hospital.