Not only is homelessness widespread in Columbus, it is also expensive. Vicinities where larger groups of unsheltered homeless people reside (such as impromptu encampments) may hinder development and reinvestment in neighborhoods and central city areas, driving away residents, customers, visitors and investors. However, cost-effective solutions exist. Large groups of unsheltered homeless people hinder development and reinvestment in neighborhoods and central city areas, driving away residents, customers, visitors and investors. However, cost-effective solutions exist.
Strengthening collaborative partnerships, increasing coordination, and wise investments in proven strategies, all focused on housing stability – that incorporates both housing and services – move us towards ending homelessness in our community. Across the United States, studies have shown that the public cost of allowing people to remain on the streets far exceeds the cost of providing permanent supportive housing.
|Average Monthly cost of one homeless person in Columbus|
|Cost of shelter stay for 30 days||$672|
|1 EMS transport||$750|
|1 Emergency Room Visit||$2,580|
|1 – 5 night hospital stay||$23,722|
|1 Utilization of the Outpatient Clinic||$180|
|1 Prescription Filled||$31|
|TOTAL – 1 Year||$335,220|
|TOTAL – if 10% of our local homeless population (150 people) experienced the above scenario ONCE in a 12 month period||$4,190,250|