By: Jessica Bowers-Ching
When we talk about the prevention of homelessness, it is often discussed as a common-sense solution and yet big questions remain such as how do we track the impact of prevention and what interventions qualify as prevention and why? At Ready to Rent, prevention takes the form of education with an emphasis on successful tenancies both from the tenant and landlord side. “A 2016 cost benefit analysis from the United Kingdom suggested that preventive measures focusing on early intervention would reduce the public cost of addressing homelessness from $56,000 (CDN) per person annually, to $14,924 (CDN)” (Canadian Observatory on Homelessness, 2017). “Leading the Way: Reimagining Federal Leadership on Preventing Homelessness” is a policy brief developed by the Canadian Observatory on Homelessness and discusses the importance of prevention and why closing both the front door on homelessness as well as the back is crucial.
Reference: Gaetz, S., Dej, E., Donaldson, J., & Ali, N. (2017). Leading the Way: Reimagining Federal Leadership on Preventing Homelessness. Toronto: Canadian Observatory on Homelessness Press