Study: Homelessness higher in specific demographics

By Eileen Weber
July 3rd, 2023
Charley Willison, PhD
Charley Willison, PhD, MPH, MA, is an assistant professor in the department of public and ecosystem health at Cornell University.

Blacks, Indigenous are most affected

More than 3.5 million Americans experience the public health crisis of homelessness. And demographics play a role in the likelihood of it occurring.

A recent study published in the “Journal of Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities” shows Blacks and Indigenous people—American Indian or Alaska Native and Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islanders—were twice as likely to be homeless than non-Hispanic Whites. I

The Black and Indigenous population had homelessness impact their health in various ways-- from infectious diseases to adverse behavioral health issues and significantly higher all-cause mortality. The study covered the years from 2007 to 2017.

Estimates of sheltered homeless are only available ...

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