For people with mental health challenges who are homeless, finding housing is challenging. AIS was created to address this high need to secure safe, affordable housing.
Toronto needs ambitious plans to expand supportive housing, to meet the growing need for this type of accommodation and support. The AIS Strategic Plan sets out to build more homes and expand the unique support services.
“For every $1 spent providing housing and support for a homeless person with severe mental illness, $2.17 in savings are reaped because they spend less time in hospital, in prison and in shelters.”
First and foremost, you help people in crisis.
You also save tax dollars. “People who are severely mentally ill and chronically homeless use a lot of services – an average of $225,000 a year, according to research,” reported in The Globe and Mail. “Providing housing and support is costly too – an average of $19,582 per person. But the avoided costs are much greater, $42,536 on average, because those who are housed are put in hospital less often, make fewer ER visits and do not use shelters as often.
“That works out to $2.17 in savings for every dollar.”