Making the Economic Case for Social Housing in Toronto, Canada

Homelessness in Toronto is costing far more than it should – roughly 11 times more every night, according to calculations done by the Downtown Yonge BIA.

Making the Economic Case for Social Housing in Toronto, Canada

Homelessness in Toronto is costing far more than it should

Homelessness in Toronto is costing far more than it should – roughly 11 times more every night, according to calculations done by the Downtown Yonge BIA.

Downtown Yonge has produced an infographic, titled One Night in Toronto, providing a straightforward illustration of the point.

In an easy-to-read flowchart factoring in the number of homeless people in shelters, on the streets (necessitating police wellbeing checks), in correctional facilities and in health care facilities, the infographic shows a cost of more than $420,000 per night. That same number of people in social housing would cost less than $35,000 per night.

See infographic below: