Unsheltered homeless individuals are far more likely to report significant health concerns than sheltered homeless individuals. Approximately 50% of unsheltered people reported having a combination of a physical health condition, a mental health issue, and a substance abuse condition (what researchers call a state of tri-morbidity). By comparison, approximately 2% of sheltered homeless individuals would be classified as trimorbid, according to researchers with the California Policy Lab. Additionally, unsheltered homeless people were: More than four times as likely (46%) as sheltered people (11%) to report that their physical health conditions have contributed to a loss of housing . . .
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