How Do the Homeless See Their Own Health Problems and Needs?
Because the homeless have no stable housing, they are at a greater risk of developing chronic health problems than those who are housed. Homeless people are also more likely to develop conditions like arthritis at an earlier age as a result of their poverty and living conditions. The first step to combating these health problems is an open and accepting attitude towards the homeless from support workers and the general public. The social exclusion which homeless people experience every day leads to, and further reinforces, stress, addictions, and mental health problems. Homeless shelters need to have a more welcoming atmosphere with greater safety and fewer restrictions on the lives of homeless people. Lastly, providing affordable and safe housing is the only long-term solution to the widespread health problems of the homeless.