The Florida Council on Homelessness’ June 2019 Annual Report notes that homelessness significantly increases community costs borne by taxpayers and state and local governments in terms of emergency response teams, crisis stabilization units, uninsured emergency medical care, and law enforcement involvement. Further, the presence of street homelessness impacts businesses by reducing foot traffic, tourism, downtown redevelopment, public perception and property values. There also is the ‘opportunity lost’ cost associated with the inability of homeless persons to meet their full potential while trying to survive on the streets. Chronic homelessness, in particular, results in especially high community costs.

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