Local organization strives to reduce homelessness - Cleveland 19 News Cleveland, OH

The cost of homelessness

CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) -

Each year millions of taxpayer dollars are dispersed throughout the Tri-state to reduce homelessness. 

A progress report released Wednesday by Strategies to End Homelessness, shows it is 60 percent more cost effective to prevent a person from becoming homeless than helping a person after they become homeless.

"At this point of time we still have many people who are on the verge of homelessness," said Kevin Finn, Executive Director for Strategies to End Homelessness. "All the reason why we need to offer preventative services for them."

Last year, more than 7,000 people were on the streets or in homeless shelters in Hamilton County. Sixty six percent of them are African American, 31-percent are white and three percent are mixed race.

On average, it cost taxpayers $1,322 per person to serve a someone in a shelter, that's the time from checking into a shelter, to getting out and getting on their feet.

"There is the cost of actually housing the person, but also providing them case-management services to plan for getting them out," said Finn.

But the average cost per person to prevent someone, who is on the verge of homelessness, from becoming homeless is $787 dollars.

"The number of obstacles one must overcome are significantly greater if they have already become homeless, versus they aren't quite there yet," said Finn.

For a full progress report from the Strategies to End Homelessness, click here

Copyright 2013 WXIX. All rights reserved.

  • Seen on 19Seen on 19More>>

  • Powerball jackpot up to $535M, drawing Saturday

    Powerball jackpot up to $535M, drawing Saturday

    Thursday, August 17 2017 10:00 AM EDT2017-08-17 14:00:30 GMT
    Friday, August 18 2017 2:46 PM EDT2017-08-18 18:46:47 GMT
    (Source: WOIO)(Source: WOIO)

    No one matched the winning Powerball numbers on Wednesday August 16, 2017, increasing the next jackpot to $535 million for Saturday night's drawing.

    More >>

    No one matched the winning Powerball numbers on Wednesday August 16, 2017, increasing the next jackpot to $535 million for Saturday night's drawing.

    More >>
  • LOOK HERE: 2017-18 School start dates

    LOOK HERE: 2017-18 School start dates

    Friday, August 18 2017 2:43 PM EDT2017-08-18 18:43:41 GMT
    First day of school for students in NE Ohio. (Source: WOIO)First day of school for students in NE Ohio. (Source: WOIO)

    Summer is wrapping up and students all across the country and in northeast Ohio are headed back to school.  

    More >>

    Summer is wrapping up and students all across the country and in northeast Ohio are headed back to school.  

    More >>
  • Hopkins passenger reunited with valuable ring, thanks to TSA

    Hopkins passenger reunited with valuable ring, thanks to TSA

    Friday, August 18 2017 10:37 AM EDT2017-08-18 14:37:36 GMT
    Marijke Dauwen, who wears her deceased brother’s class ring as a tribute to him, was passing through a TSA security checkpoint at Hopkins in July when another passenger inadvertently picked up the ring. (Source: TSA)Marijke Dauwen, who wears her deceased brother’s class ring as a tribute to him, was passing through a TSA security checkpoint at Hopkins in July when another passenger inadvertently picked up the ring. (Source: TSA)

    A Transportation Security Administration Officer helped reunite a passenger traveling through Cleveland Hopkins International Airport with a valuable ring she misplaced at the airport last month.  

    More >>

    A Transportation Security Administration Officer helped reunite a passenger traveling through Cleveland Hopkins International Airport with a valuable ring she misplaced at the airport last month.  

    More >>
Powered by Frankly