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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.

To cite this article: Zaretzky, Kaylene; Flatau, Paul and Brady, Michelle. What Is the (Net) Cost to Government of Homelessness Programs? [online]. Australian Journal of Social Issues, The, Vol. 43, No. 2, Winter 2008: 231-254. Availability: <;dn=191782894183683;res=IELHSS> ISSN: 0157-6321. [cited 29 Nov 15].

Personal Author: Zaretzky, Kaylene; Flatau, Paul; Brady, Michelle; Source: Australian Journal of Social Issues, The, Vol. 43, No. 2, Winter 2008: 231-254 Document Type: Journal Article ISSN: 0157-6321 Subject: Cost effectiveness; Medical care--Cost effectiveness; Homelessness; Housing--Costs; Peer Reviewed: Yes Affiliation: (1) Teacher, Finance, University of Western Australia
(2) Teacher, Economics, Murdoch University, and Associate Dean, Research of the Murdoch Business School

Database: Humanities & Social Sciences Collection