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We find that people who have experienced homelessness face 3.5 times the mortality risk of people who are housed, accounting for differences in demographic characteristics and geography (Figure 1). This disparity far exceeds the mortality gap between Black and white housed individuals (relative hazard of 1.4) and between poor housed and all housed individuals (2.2). Looking at mortality risk over the life cycle reveals another striking finding: a 40-year-old homeless person faces similar mortality risk to a housed person nearly twenty years older (Figure 2). By 2022, about 16% of those who were homeless in 2010 had passed away, compared to just 6% of the housed poor sample and 4% of the overall housed sample.

It's a failure of US policy and a result of greed.

Charging as high a rent or mortgage as the rich thought they could get away with.

When people get homeless, they resort to drugs to try to cope. From there it becomes a downward spiral.

[–]sdl5 1 insightful - 1 fun1 insightful - 0 fun2 insightful - 1 fun -  (0 children)

This claim is just not true, and has not been for decades now.

The drug use almost entirely PRECEDES the homeless status, as does most of the mental illness independent of drug use.

These death and mortality stats are ZERO SURPRISE to anyone familiar with our vast homeless enclaves, the efforts to get them into even just shelter, and the resistance to anything resembling safe behaviors.

If they were honest and used the housed who are ALSO suffering debilitating mental illnesses, abjectly addicted to severely harmful illegal substances, engaging in various crimes regularly, trading unprotected sex for drugs, and not eating healthful foods even when given....

Let's just say the comparisons would be far closer than apart.