Health & Homelessness

Research from the Museum of Homelessness has revealed that a homeless person dies every 19 hours, as reported in their 2019 figures.

In 2019 there were an estimated 778 deaths of homeless people registered in England and Wales, a 7.2% increase from 2018. [1]

The number of homeless deaths have increased a staggering 61.4% since 2013. [1]

The homeless death rate has more than doubled in four English regions since 2013 – The South West, the North West, Yorkshire and the Hunter, and the East. [1]

These figures can only be expected to rise due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

1 in 3 homeless people die from treatable conditions [2], and 75% of homeless people have physical health problems. [3]

Suicides among homeless people have also increased by 30.2% in just one year. [1]

Opiates are the number one cause of drug poisoning deaths among homeless people, with alcohol deaths being the second most common cause. [1]

27% of homeless people have, or are recovering from an alcohol problem. [3]

Homeless people die on average around 30 years earlier than the rest of the population. [1]

“Health outcomes amongst the homeless have indisputably got worse, rather than improving. As the government has stepped up during the time of COVID-19, our hope is that no one needs to die in vain and in squalor going forward.” – Kim Merry, Founder and CEO of Ahava Community.

Causes of death among homeless people: a population-based cross-sectional study of linked hospitalisation and mortality data in England. University College London 2019

The Unhealthy state of homelessness – Homeless Link 2014

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