Purpose This report identifies the characteristics of the most vulnerable, distressed and costly homeless residents of Santa Clara County to guide strategies for stabilizing their lives through housing and supportive services, improving their wellbeing and reducing public costs for their care. The Study This report analyzes 25 million records for the entire population of residents who experienced homelessness in Santa Clara County at any point from 2007 to 2012 – a total of 104,206 individuals.
Executive Summary The central question investigated in this study is the public costs for people in supportive housing compared to similar people that are homeless. The typical public cost for residents in supportive housing is $605 a month. The typical public cost for similar homeless persons is $2,897, five-times greater than their counterparts that are housed.