Losing work: Regional unemployment and its effect on homeless demographic characteristics, needs, and health care

Colin Burke, Erin E. Johnson, Claire Bourgault, Matthew Borgia, Thomas P. O'Toole

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Abstract

Background. Who becomes homeless because of unemployment and what they need are poorly understood. Methods. Four- year time- series study. Homeless characteristics, co- morbid conditions, and needs are correlated with unemployment rates. Results. The unemployment rate averaged 6.7% during years 1-2 (N=198) and 11.8% during years 3-4 (N=202). Those presenting during high unemployment worked most recently in clerical positions (10.4% vs. 4.5%, p=.02) and reported unemployment (OR=2.0; 95% CI; 1.07, 3.76) and unaffordable housing (28.7% vs. 15.2%; p

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1391-1402
Number of pages12
JournalJournal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved
Volume24
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - 2013
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Economy
  • Homeless
  • Social determinants
  • Veterans

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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