SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) - San Jose community leaders are hearing results Tuesday of a new homelessness study that shows people living on the streets cost the public about $520 million annually.
The San Jose Mercury News reports (https://bayareane.ws/1HIkTHS ) the report produced by the Los Angeles-based Economic Roundtable on behalf of Santa Clara County and nonprofit organization Destination: Home found that emergency room visits and stays in jail or mental health facilities contribute to the costs.
A housing first model of helping persistently homeless people may be more cost effective than delivering services piecemeal, but Santa Clara county chief operating officer Gary Graves says a premium on housing means public and private resources need to come together to solve the problem.
He said he hopes the report will draw attention and urgency to the issue.
Information from: San Jose (Calif.) Mercury News, https://www.mercurynews.com
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