Poor health can contribute to being homeless, and being homeless can lead to poor health. Limited access to health care can make it worse. That's why the health of homeless people in the United States is worse than that of the general population. Common health problems include
- Mental health problems
- Substance abuse problems
- Bronchitis and pneumonia
- Problems caused by being outdoors
- Wound and skin infections
Many homeless women are victims of domestic or sexual abuse. Homeless children have high rates of emotional and behavioral problems, often from having witnessed abuse.
Help such as shelters, health centers, and free meals are available. Contact your local homelessness assistance agency.
- Homeless Youth More Likely to Visit Drop-In Center Than Shelter (02/01/2016, HealthDay)
- For Homeless Veterans (Department of Veterans Affairs)
Statistics and Research
- Current Statistics on the Prevalence and Characteristics of People Experiencing Homelessness in the United States (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration) - PDF
- Overdose Deaths Among Homeless Persons (National Institute on Drug Abuse)
Journal ArticlesReferences and abstracts from MEDLINE/PubMed (National Library of Medicine)
- Article: GIVING SHELTER CARE. Some health systems serve the homeless where...
- Article: Tuberculosis Containment among the Homeless in Metropolitan Jackson, Mississippi.
- Article: Frequent Emergency Department Visits and Hospitalizations Among Homeless People With...
- Homeless Health Concerns -- see more articles
- Homeless youth health issues -- see more articles