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The effects of homelessness on homeless people are large. They range from health issues to personal entrapment. It is believed that many homeless individual failed in their lives to cope with their difficulties and this makes them alienate themselves from the rest of the world.

There are many effects of homelessness on individuals.

1. Health- homeless people often encounter a lot of health issues in their lives. Their health gets worse from time to time because they lack attention from people such as doctors, wives, husbands, and family members. And because of lack of necessities they suffer from multiple diseases such as:

  • Cold Injury
  • Cardio-Respiratory diseases
  • Tuberculosis.
  • Skin diseases
  • Nutritional deficiencies
  • Sleep deprivation.
  • Mental Illness
  • Physical and sexual assault
  • Drug dependency
  • Mortality

2. Personal – at the time when a homeless person realizes that he/she won’t have a roof to live under forever. It is hard for them to believe. It is this fact of not dealing with reality that makes homeless people less able to take actions, but they suffer psychologically as a result.
Here some of the consequences:

  • Loss of self esteem
  • Becoming institutionalized
  • Increase in substance misuse
  • Loss of ability and will to care for oneself
  • Increased danger of abuse and violence
  • Increased chance of entering the criminal justice system
  • Development of behavioral problems



"Causes and Effects of Homelessness." OSW. OSW. 17 Jul 2007      <http://www.spa.ucla.edu/dup/projects/HomelessWebPage/Effects.html>.

"Effects of homelessness on the Individual." 17 Jul 2007      <http://www.spa.ucla.edu/dup/projects/HomelessWebPage/Effects.html>.