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“The aid, care and support of the needy are public concerns and shall be provided by the state and by such of its subdivisions.” (The Constituiton of the State of New York, 1938, Article 17, Sect. 1)
It does not require a formal cost-effectiveness analysis to know that the benefits of housing, in terms of increased well-being to the individual and the society, compare favorably with many medical interventions that are standard of care. Source: Katz, M. H. (2017). Homelessness—challenges and progress. JAMA - Journal of the American Medical Association, 318(23), 2293–2294. https://doi.org/10.1001/jama.2017.15875
“Do something, do more, do better." Source: World Health Organization Regional Office for Europe. (2014). Review of social determinants and the health divide in the WHO European Region: final report, 11. Retrieved from http://www.euro.who.int/__data/assets/pdf_file/0004/251878/Review-of-social-determinants-and-the-health-divide-in-the-WHO-European-Region-FINAL-REPORT.pdf