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What is the cost of homelessness, to residents, businesses and individuals on the streets?

Would it be cheaper to address it differently? And would it ultimately benefit both the community and the people facing homelessness to address it differently? These are questions raised by this seminal study.

The study was initiated by U-turn, and supported by the founding members of the Coalition to End Homelessness: Khulisa Streetscapes and MES Cape Town. The study design supported was by research company, IHS Markit.

Download the Executive Summary below. The full report will be published soon, please send us a message to request that is emailed directly to you when published.

Coalition to End Homelessness

The Coalition to End Homelessness consists of three founding organisations – U-turn, MES and Khulisa Streetscapes. Each of the founding organisation are well-established with a reliable track record in developmental and rehabilitation solutions that help to reduce homelessness.

The Coalition is calling for more effective investment into the sector and by society at large, with an urgent need to shift spending from reactive solutions to long term solutions to reduce homelessness and reduce the total cost, both financial and social.

To find out more about the founding organisations: