With people often experiencing feelings of isolation, homelessness can also increase your chances of taking drugs or experiencing physical or mental health problems. Evidence suggests that the longer someone is in this position the more difficult it can become to get back on your feet. As someone's problems become more complex, anti-social behaviour, involvement with the criminal justice system and acute NHS services become more likely.
Homelessness can often have a negative impact on local communities. There is a:
Addressing the immediate and long-term costs of homelessness, can be significant. Putting in place services which prevent homelessness in the first place, and which help people quickly if they find themselves needing support, can help stop these costs escalating.
Research indicates that:
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Source: Homeless Link