People who are homeless experience greater health risk and die earlier than those who have housing. A report conducted for the National Health Care for the Homeless Council found that people experiencing homelessness are three-to-four times more likely to die prematurely than their housed counterparts. The experience of homelessness causes health problems (frostbite and hypothermia from the cold, communicable diseases from crowded shelter conditions), exacerbates existing illnesses (cuts lead to infection, frostbite result in amputation or even death), and seriously complicates treatment (medications are lost or stolen, lack of transportation to access health providers, lack of health insurance).
PCMS case managers work toward solutions with homeless families in order to help avoid these unfortunate scenarios. Consider partnering with us to provide the support they need!