The Homeless Mentally Ill
Warner, Emily A.
Washington and Lee University, Shepherd Poverty Program
Capabilities approach (Social sciences)
Mentally ill homeless persons
Homelessness -- Prevention
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Emily A. Warner is a member of the Class of 2014 of Washington and Lee University.Capstone; [FULL-TEXT FREELY AVAILABLE ONLINE]As of 2009, 20 to 25 percent of homeless people suffered from mental illness, which is three to four times greater than people suffering from mental illness in the general population. In fact, when 25 cities were surveyed and asked what the main factors contributing to homelessness were, mental illness ranked as the third most influential cause of homelessness among single adults. When mental illness is left untreated, it can result in a number of serious issues including an inability to complete common tasks like taking care of personal hygiene, problems forming and maintaining social connections, and an inability to function normally in society. Poor hygiene and substance abuse among the mentally ill homeless are two of the biggest issues that prevent them from finding permanent housing and support. Considering these factors, it is no surprise that the mentally ill are much more likely to become homeless when compared to people lacking psychopathology. [From Introduction]Emily A. Warner