New Research Suggests People Experiencing Homelessness Face Greater Risk of Death

A new report published by the Minnesota Department of Health in partnership with the Hennepin Healthcare Research Institute (HHRI) finds that people who experience homelessness experience a death rate three times greater than the rate in the general population. The report assessed data associated with more than 90,000 people experiencing homelessness in Minnesota who had accessed housing services such as shelters and transitional housing. Researchers found that the overall death rate among people experiencing homelessness was three times as high as the rate in the general population, regardless of age, gender, or race. Find an article about the report here.

“This report shines a light on the tragic health impacts suffered by people experiencing homelessness in our state,” said Minnesota Commissioner of Health Dr. Brooke Cunningham. “The findings give us baselines for measuring progress toward reducing health disparities and improving the social, economic, racial, and other conditions that give rise to these inequitable outcomes.”

Read an article about the report here