Mortality Rates Among the Unhoused Community

There are many things that can cause death amongst the homeless, but not all of these deaths are reported. Between 2016 and 2020, there was an increase in the mortality rate of the unhoused community. This increase excludes deaths related to Covid 19.

Harsh weather, pandemics, illnesses, drug addiction, scams, violence, and being kicked out are some of the situations that severely affect individuals in the unhoused community. Unfortunately, not everyone that deals with these experiences lives to talk about them. 

The Guardian found that there was a 77% increase in reported deaths among those experiencing homelessness between 2016 and 2020. These numbers are pre-pandemic and do not include Covid related deaths. It should be noted that the statistcs regarding deaths in the past two years (2020-2022) are not entirely accurate due to Covid. 

The Guardian tried their best to keep track of the numbers and predicted around 18,000 deaths between 2016 and 2020. Five-thousand of the 18,000 deaths happened in 2020 alone. These numbers are lower than what other sources have reported.

Another group, The Homeless Death Count, was able to find: 6,345 reported deaths in 2018, 6,362 reported deaths in 2019, and 7,877 reported deaths in 2020. 

Even though the reports only report numbers in the thousands each year, The National Health Care for the Homeless Council says that the mortality rate is closer to 17,000-40,000 deaths each year. 

It’s important to remember that not all deaths are reported and these numbers are based on what has been reported and the data that each source been able to access. There are many more people who are in need of help and there are many groups that could use your help. 


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