A Florida County Spent Over $5 Million Jailing Homeless People. It Could’ve Spent Less On Shelter

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Osceola County, Florida has spent more than $5 million over the past nine years throwing chronically homeless people in jail, when it could have spent considerably less finding them shelter.   The “frequent flyers” cost the county a total of $5,081,680, according to the report. That’s about $15,000 per person, per year.   Providing permanent supportive housing and ongoing case management for one person would come to $9,602 annually, according to the report. That’s 35 percent less than what it costs to put homeless people in jail.   Not only is providing housing more cost-effective, it has also proven to work.….MORE

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