The consequences of homelessness are as varied as the causes that lead to homelessness, however, what we can all agree on is that the effect of becoming homeless can be devastating and long-lasting. For the people who end up having to sleep rough, those consequences are even more worrying:
- Recent ONS statistics show that the mean age of death of homeless people is 32 years lower than the general population at 44 years, and even lower for homeless women, at just 42 years [ONS]
- People sleeping on the street are almost 17 times more likely to have been victims of violence [Crisis]
- Homeless people are over nine times more likely to take their own life than the general population [Crisis]
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