166 297x300 Study shows high public cost of homelessness Failing to help the homeless can come with a high cost to the public purse, with many ending up in hospitals for treatment of substance abuse and chronic health problems, a study has found.

A joint research project by the University of Melbourne, RMIT and the charity Sacred Heart Mission found that 83 long term homeless people surveyed had collectively used about $750,000 in hospital stays in the six months prior to the start of the project.

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