New Findings Shed Light on Trauma and Illness Among Unsheltered People

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Study Confirms Serious Health Problems and Trauma Rates Among Unsheltered People

A new report from the California Policy Lab shows that unsheltered people experience strikingly high rates of trauma, and the co-occurrence of physical, mental, and substance abuse conditions. The findings are particularly troubling among women: 80 percent of unsheltered women reported experiences with abuse and trauma.

The report provides valuable insights on the extent of the unsheltered crisis, and demonstrates the critical importance of establishing partnerships with the health care sector (including behavioral health) as part of the solution.

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Disparate Impact

Housing discrimination and homelessness are closely connected.

A new proposal from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development seeks to make it more difficult for those experiencing housing discrimination to prove that they are being discriminated against, particularly on the basis of race. These policies have negative effects not only on communities of color, but also for people with disabilities, and families with children.

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