The most common definition of homelessness refers to individuals who sleep in shelters as well as the “absolute homeless” which describes individuals who sleep outdoors or in other places not intended for human habitation. It is estimated that 1% of Toronto’s population use a shelter each year. Homeless people are amongst the most vulnerable groups in developed regions, and suffer from higher rates of chronic disease than the general population. Homeless people carry a disproportionate burden of the effects associated with climate change.
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Health of the Homeless and Climate Change was published in the Journal of Urban Health, Volume 86, Issue 4 in 2009.