Denver Help the Homeless Summit, 2007

This report summarizes presentations and findings from the Denver Help the Homeless Summit, held in November 2007. The paper cites significant cost savings associated with supportive housing. Among them, it concludes that it costs $15,000 per year to provide a homeless person with support housing in Denver. To leave a homeless person on the street, meanwhile, costs $40,000 in shelter, emergency care, detox and police costs. The report also outlines four keys to success, on the local level, for supportive housing: 1) Get the faith, business and philanthropic communities on board, 2) Build public support with hard data on costs and outcomes, 3) Educate the public and 4) Encourage strong mayoral leadership.

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Research category: Cost Savings