Reduced life expectancy for homeless in rich countries

IN A SPECIAL Lancet series on homelessness, researchers noted that people without a home were 2–5 times more likely to die prematurely and about four times more likely to use emergency services.

Rates of depression were up to seven times higher among the homeless compared to the general population, with drug and alcohol abuse as well as suicide being a major problem.

On any given night, 400,000 Europeans and 600,000 Americans have no home to go to, the articles said.

Lancet 2014; online 23 Oct