On a single night in Utah in 2019, 2,798 persons were homeless. Crowding in shelters, street corners, parks, and cars, these individuals experienced the loneliness, fear, and pain of homelessness.
Homelessness is incredibly challenging and can lead to serious health concerns. Having a home and being healthy are linked. People cannot afford housing with the high medical bills and unemployment accompanying bad health, and good health is unobtainable without a safe, permanent home.
The National Health Care for the Homeless Council reports that the average life expectancy for a homeless individual is 66.5 years, which is 12 years less than the general U.S. population. The life of a homeless person also tends to have more health concerns than the housed person, increasing suffering.