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Changing demography of homeless adult populations.

Authors
  • Tsai, J1, 2
  • Mehta, K3
  • Mongtomery, A E3, 4
  • Elbogen, E3, 5
  • Hooshyar, D3, 6
  • 1 U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, National Center on Homelessness Among Veterans, Tampa, FL, USA.
  • 2 Department of Psychiatry, Yale University School of Medicine, VACT, 950 Campbell Ave., 151D, West Haven, New Haven, CT 06516, USA.
  • 3 U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, National Center on Homelessness among Veterans, Tampa, FL, USA.
  • 4 Department of Health Behavior, School of Public Health, University of Alabama at Birmingham, Birmingham, AL, USA.
  • 5 Department of Psychiatry, Duke University School of Medicine, Durham, NC, USA.
  • 6 Department of Psychiatry, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, Dallas, TX, USA.
Type
Published Article
Journal
Perspectives in public health
Publication Date
May 01, 2021
Volume
141
Issue
3
Pages
177–184
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1177/1757913920919796
PMID: 32476585
Source
Medline
Keywords
Language
English
License
Unknown

Abstract

As the demographic characteristics of the US population have changed over the past decade, the characteristics of different homeless populations have changed as well. This study tracked changes in demographic characteristics of homeless adult, veteran, and healthcare service user populations against general adult and veteran populations from 2007-2017. The results showed that changing demographics of homeless populations largely reflected broader trends in the general population, and attention is needed on the clinical needs of aging homeless populations. There may be some unique changes in the demography of some homeless populations, such as younger homeless veterans seeking healthcare services.

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