Century’s 2017 Annual Report highlights the real benefits of housing vulnerable people.

Housing seniors limits the cost of medical treatment and helps prevent chronic disease which burdens the healthcare system.

“I feel like I’m in Eden,” were the unprompted first words from Mr. Wang, who takes full advantage of the new gardening amenities and cares for some of the flowers scattered around a meandering walking path and gazebo area. He points to the grand piano at the far side of the community room and proclaims that he is also the choir and piano teacher, then invites us to return to hear the residents at their next choir rehearsal. Having retired at 77 after 42 years of apartment management work in Los Angeles and another career at a nuclear power plant in Texas, the 82-year-old says, “I feel like a brand new bride.”

The rest of Mr. Wong’s story

Studies have shown a dramatic difference between the cost of housing and the cost of caring for people living without shelter.

In 2009, a comprehensive study of Los Angeles County spending found that public costs of providing housing are up to 79% lower than the costs associated with caring for chronically homeless individuals. For example, a homeless young adult with no health or mental illness issues cost an averages $406 a month to support. Adults 46 years and older, many of whom were unable to break the cycle of homelessness and continued to age into their senior years without housing, burdened our government as much as $5,038 a month (in 2009 dollars). However, the study found that it only cost $605 for permanent supportive housing.

More data showing housing benefits