People with special needs (ex: intellectual, physical, and mental disabilities), often find themselves left in the dust after high school. Few programs are available for people with special needs post-graduation, leaving many to spend their days away at home with caregivers or loved ones. While these may be the circumstances for some amount of time, what happens after the passing of the caregiver? People with special needs are at risk of becoming homeless.
Complications with health conditions can be the cause of an individual experiencing homelessness. They may lose employment because of an injury or illness and then go through their savings, attempting to keep up with their bills until they lose their home. Once they experience homelessness, they face many barriers to receiving proper health care.
When facing homelessness, all aspects of one’s life are affected. While the mental health of those experiencing homelessness is fairly talked about, physical health isn’t discussed as much. Physical health affects many aspects of someone’s life, especially being able to attend work. With physical health complications come expenses. But, dealing with physical health issues and facing homelessness makes life significantly more difficult.