Alachua County Coalition for the Homeless and Hungry
Facts About Ending Homelessness
- We know what works: supportive housing and support services.
- One bed and support services for one individual in a homeless shelter costs $8,700 per year.
- Housing subsidies that can help a family of four stay in stable housing cost $3,600 per year.
- Homeless people cost the health care system $2,414 more per hospitalization than people who have stable housing.
- Providing homeless people with preventive care could save the Gainesville health care system approximately $3 million annually in unnecessary ER visits.
- Preventive care provided through the One Stop Center would cost less than $20 per visit, compared to the more than $700 it costs to serve a homeless person in an ER.
- Criminal justice costs (such as enforcing local laws and processing homeless individuals through jail and the courts) related to homelessness top $1 million per year.
- There are 10,000 working families in Alachua County making less than 30% of the median income in this area ($20,357 per year), putting them at risk for losing their housing. A significant number of these families spend over one third of their income on housing.
- A two bedroom apartment in Alachua County costs approximately $740 per month. In order to pay for this, a person must earn close to $15/hour. A minimum wage worker needs to work 84 hours a week to afford such an apartment.
- The wait list for public housing is 36 to 48 months.
- By 2009, Alachua County will have 11 times more empty apartments than homeless people. The problem is not a lack of housing options, but a lack of affordable housing.
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