Raising Women’s Voices

Report: Lack of health care can lead to homelessness

Posted in Affordability, Health Reform Policy Proposals by raisingwomensvoices on August 5, 2008

Providing better access to health care is a key part of helping the homeless in metro Atlanta, according to a report released today by the Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta.
The report by the nonprofit charity said health issues can serve as a path into homelessness and that health care can help a person out of homelessness. Stressing that infection, poor nutrition, mental illness, addiction and disease are problems for many people who are homeless, the report focused on the work done by several metro programs.”We don’t believe that health is the only condition that affects the homeless in Atlanta, but we do believe that we can get more people off the streets and in more appropriate potential living situations by focusing on health issues,” said Lesley Grady, vice president of the nonprofit’s community partnerships.The report notes that estimates on the number of homeless in metro Atlanta range from 12,000 to 20,000 people on any given day.

read_more: http://www.ajc.com/metro/content/metro/stories/2008/07/29/homeless_report.html

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