Serious personal health problems and flaws in health care systems are major contributors to contemporary homelessness. Some health problems—addictions, schizophrenia, major depression, physical disabilities—are distressingly obvious, particularly in persons living in public spaces, while others are less visible but equally insidious, undermining the capacity to maintain stable housing and function independently. In far too many cases, a fragmented health care system responded inadequately to the multiple needs of persons experiencing homelessness, who are indigent and typically uninsured (Authors).
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