Thursday, April 02, 2009

Mental-health and homelessness

A new report by the U.K. homeless charity Crisis has underlined the links between mental-health problems and homelessness. If found that 85% of residents in one homeless shelter had a range of personality, anxiety or post-traumatic stress disorders that had not been formally diagnosed. The number of rough sleepers has fallen dramatically over the last ten years but 3,000 people spent some time sleeping on the streets in London last year. In November 2008 the housing minister, Margaret Beckett, announced a £200m programme to strengthen assertive outreach services and introduce individual budgets for homeless people.

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