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March 3, 2015

Housing as a Remedy for Chronic Homelessness

Author Affiliations
  • 1County of Los Angeles, Department of Health Services, Los Angeles, California
JAMA. 2015;313(9):901-902. doi:10.1001/jama.2015.1277

Few sights are as distressing as a person living on the streets, under a freeway or in a bus shelter, in a cardboard box or a makeshift tent, pushing a wagon of possessions or draped in newspapers as protection against an oncoming rain. The chronically homeless have a high prevalence of mental illness, substance use, and physical health problems, as well as higher use of emergency department visits, hospitalization days, and mortality.1

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