The Regina Homelessness Community Advisory Board has released the results from the second year of the Housing First program here in the city.
Stats show the organization, in partnership with Phoenix Homes, has saved over two million dollars in costs through housing individuals at Phoenix.
Blair Roberts with the YMCA of Regina, said the success of this program is due to a key strategy helping to drive it.
“What this program has done is taken a lot of those people who’ve been struggling the most, who’ve been living on the street for years and years, it’s allowed them to get stable, it’s allowed them to find housing.”
Roberts said by making safe and affordable housing a priority, they’ve seen a massive trickle-down which has benefitted those whom are now housed and supported by Phoenix Homes, there’s been a massive amount of savings elsewhere.
“The big number that stuck out to me is that 85% of these individuals are now involved in community events,” he said. “That means they’re going to pray, they’re going to the park, they’re participating in things that they weren’t able to do before.”
Over $2.2 million has been save through housing the individuals at Phoenix, including a very notable reduction in detox visits, 93% down and a savings of $1.132 million.
Roberts said by offering safe and affordable housing for these people, all benefit.
“This does all sorts of things to change their lives, but it also just changes our community,” he stated. “In terms, of giving them a voice and letting them participate in the things alot of us just take for granted.”