The Lighthouse works hard to educate staff, volunteers, and the public on the realities of homelessness in Saskatoon, Canada, and North America.  If you are looking for information, you have found a good place to start.

Understanding Homelessness in Saskatoon

Understanding homelessness across Canada and the United States | In 2007, the Government of Canada estimated 150,000 Canadians were homeless (in shelters or sleeping outside). Other estimates place the number as high as 300,000.

Cost of Homelessness in Canada

Research in Canada and the United States has shown conclusively that homelessness is cheaper to fix than it is to ignore. 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) as compared with $13,000 to $18,000 for supportive housing.

In a 2006 study, Simon Fraser University estimated it costs $55,000 per person per year to leave someone homeless in British Columbia versus a housing and support cost of $37,000. In 2007, the Calgary Homeless Foundationestimated that, on average, chronically homeless people consume $134,000 per person per year. Under their 10 Year Plan to End Homelessness, the Foundation has been able to provide housing and support to chronically homeless people for $10,000 to $25,000 per person per year.

Substance Abuse Fact Sheets | The Lighthouse works very hard in educating it’s staff and volunteers on a variety of topics that and issues that some of our clients struggle with. One of them is drug use. The Lighthouse has had tremendous success since it has opened in helping people beat their addictions by providing both housing and supports to them. Part of that process is providing good information to our residents, staff, and volunteers about the kind of drugs that are being used and it’s affect on the user.