What is the (Net) Cost to Government of Homelessness Programs?

Zaretzky, Kaylene, Flatau, Paul and Brady, Michelle (2008) What is the (Net) Cost to Government of Homelessness Programs?. Australian Journal of Social Issues, 43 2: 231-254.

Author Zaretzky, Kaylene
Flatau, Paul
Brady, Michelle
Title What is the (Net) Cost to Government of Homelessness Programs?
Journal name Australian Journal of Social Issues   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0157-6321
Publication date 2008
Sub-type Article (original research)
Volume 43
Issue 2
Start page 231
End page 254
Total pages 24
Editor Peter Suanders
Tony Eardley
Place of publication Strawberry Hills, NSW, Australia
Publisher Australian Council of Social Service
Language eng
Abstract Homelessness programs may improve the health, well-being, financial security, labour market and housing outcomes of clients. This, in turn, may result in decreased utilisation of health and justice services, reduced child residential care costs, lower housing management costs, lower income support payments and higher revenue from increased income tax payments. When costed, such impacts represent whole-of-government savings or cost offsets to the provision of homelessness programs. This paper provides indicative estimates of the value of potential savings or cost offsets in two areas, namely, the health and justice fields from homelessness program interventions. Our key finding is that homelessness programs have the potential to save over twice the value of the capital and recurrent funding of homelessness programs on the basis of health and justice cost offsets alone.
Keyword Homelessness
Program intervention
Cost offsets
Cost benefit
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Unknown
Additional Notes Special Issue Devoted to Selected Papers from the 2007 Australian Social Policy Conference

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