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Homelessness, Mental Health and

Homelessness is a major social problem that continues to affect a significant portion of the population both in the United States and worldwide. The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) estimates that on any given night in 2015, 564,708 people in the United States were homeless. However, the estimated lifetime prevalence of experiencing homelessness is 14%—that is, 14% of the population will experience homelessness at some point in their lives. Homelessness is a highly stressful situation in which individuals and families must endure both physical and emotional vulnerability. Individuals experiencing homelessness report low quality of life, high rates of assault, and mental and physical health problems, as well as increased rates of mortality compared with the general population.

Mental health disorders and homelessness are ...

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