'Rough Sleepers': Unsheltered Homeless Three Times More Likely to Die Than Those Who Sleep in Shelters


Homeless adults who live and sleep on park benches, in the corners of alleyways and under bridges are three times more likely to die than those who live in shelters and 10 times more likely to die than the general population, researchers found in a study published Monday in the journal JAMA Internal Medicine.

In a 10-year study of more than 445 unsheltered homeless men and women in Boston, known as “rough sleepers,” researchers found risk factors like exposure to trauma and behavioral health issues significantly increased their likelihood of death. More than 130 of the participants died before the study concluded.

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