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Community Benefits

Examples of how Making Ourselves Matter Services Society (MOMSS) as a whole will be benefiting the community:

  • Increases stability and resilience of our most vulnerable while reducing the strain on justice, health, and government financial assistance and intervention. Preventing the emergence of a new generation of homeless adults and families is a key strategy for ending homelessness within our communities
  • Meets the supported transition needed for youth aging out of government care
  • Creates a positive solution for young women who lack emotional, financial and relational stability - including the 50.9% of Children in Care who apply for income assistance within 6 months of aging out – who are increasingly vulnerable to poverty, homelessness, engaging in survival sex, the drug trade, and street involvement
  • Decreases the overuse of taxpayer-funded resources (for example, stopping the embedded cycle of income assistance dependency), increasing community safety, strengthening the social equity and health of the entire community (see Cost Effectiveness)
  • Addresses the social challenge of patchwork services that only offer short-term solutions. Consequently they often fail to provide a long-term approach to improved life skills and living situations. Short-term housing strategies like homeless or drop in shelters may meet the day to day needs of people but with no “step-up” long term services in place for motivated clients, these programs actually help sustain the cycle of daily survival rather than increasing a living situation of self-sufficiency.
  • Proactively addresses the root causes of homelessness, recidivism, and continuous struggles faced through relapses. If we can identify and proactively address the root of the causes leading to homelessness, we can prevent it before it happens.

Cost Effectiveness

Making Ourselves Matter Services Society (MOMSS) is 42 per cent cheaper per client than the per diem approach under which emergency services currently operate. Over four years, not only is this a cost savings of more than $105,000 per person but the effects of completing this program has the potential of stopping the continuing burden on the system that vulnerability to homelessness causes, including stopping the cycle of income assistance dependency. This represents a strong financial return on the investment but more importantly, it is a social return.

If you have made mistakes, even serious ones, there is always another chance for you. What we call failure is not the falling down, but the staying down.
- Mary Pickford