Cost of Serving Homeless Individuals in Nine Cities
This chart book, prepared by The Lewin Group, compares the daily cost of supportive housing with selected other settings in San Francisco, Los Angeles, Atlanta, New York City, Columbus (OH), Chicago, Boston, Seattle, and Phoenix. The results show that a day in supportive housing costs significantly less than a day in a shelter, jail, or a psychiatric hospital. For example, in New York City, a day of supportive housing costs $31, compared to a day in jail ($165), a psychiatric hospital ($467), or community hospital ($1,185). Definitions, methodology, and sources are also included. This publication was compiled for the Partnership to End Long-Term Homelessness, of which CSH is a founding member.