Social Return On Investment (SROI)

Without availability and access to long term, specific and comprehensive programs and safe housing, countless girls and woman exploited in the sex trade will in fact become homeless. They require individually configured psychological treatment and many will require treatment for addiction issues.

In a 2005 study comparing four Canadian cities, Steve Pomeroy estimated that it costs $66,000 to $120,000 per person per year for institutional responses to homelessness (e.g. prison, psychiatric hospitals).

Wellsley Report: The cost to society for a homeless person in Ontario is $130,800 annually or $10,900 monthly. Provision of shelter beds only costs $1,932 monthly.

The costs for 30-35 day drug and alcohol addiction treatment programs in Ontario vary greatly; Homewood Health Centre in Guelph costs $9,900 monthly for private bed and $8,400 monthly for semi-private. Bellwood Health Services in Toronto is $17,339 for a 4.5 week program which does include family programming and patient aftercare.