Housing Vulnerability, a Major Reason Behind Health Problems

The Health and Housing in Transition study is believed to be tracking a total of 1,200 homeless people, following a study which found that all the people who fear being homeless are equally susceptible to health problems and assaults as those living in shelters or on the street.

All the people who have been homeless at some point of time or have moved at least twice in the past year are said to be `vulnerably housed'.

Interviews have reportedly been conducted in Toronto, Vancouver and Ottawa by the researchers from more than a dozen institutions, including the University of Ottawa, Carleton University and the Royal Ottawa Health Care Group.

These interviews have been carried out with an intention to study the changes over time in the health and housing status of these groups. The reports have suggested that for a night in Canada, for every one person sleeping in a shelter, there are some 23 more people living with housing vulnerability.

"Before now, researchers and decision-makers have often thought of these groups, the homeless and the vulnerably housed, as two distinct populations, with two different levels of need", said Dr. Stephen Hwang of St. Michael's Hospital in Toronto, the principal investigator of the report.