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Human Cost of Homelessness

Single homelessness has a human cost. The unique distress of lacking a settled home, can cause or intensify social isolation, create barriers to education, training and paid work and undermine physical and mental health even over quite short periods of time. When single homelessness becomes sustained, or is often repeated, premature death occurs at high rates, with some research suggesting an average age at mortality of 47.
Long-term single homelessness is associated with marked deteriorations in mental and physical health, sustained social isolation and worklessness