Health of Homeless Persons

Those surveyed suffered from a variety of chronic and acute illnesses that are aggravated by life on the streets:

  • 42% of people who are homeless in Chilliwack are living within an addiction
  • 25% have a mental illness
  • 18% have a medical condition
  • 13% have a physical disability

Poor diet, stress, cold and damp living conditions, along with inadequate sleeping arrangements, sanitation and hygiene, increase the risk of health problems and decrease life expectancy.