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Addiction Disorders and Homelessness, NCH Fact Sheet #6
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The relationship between homelessness and alcohol and drug addiction is quite controversial. While addictive disorders appear disproportionately among the homeless population, such disorders cannot, by themselves, explain the increase in homelessness. Most drug and alcohol addicts never become homeless. However, people who are poor and addicted are clearly at increased risk. In the last two decades, competition for increasingly scarce low-income housing grew so intense that those with disabilities such as addictive and mental disorders were more likely to lose out and find themselves on the streets. (NCH)
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