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Prevent Homelessness. Preserve Families. Provide Hope.

The effects of homelessness on mental and overall health

According to the 2021 Southern Nevada Homeless Census and Survey, there are 5,083 individuals experiencing homelessness in Southern Nevada on any given night and 13,076 Southern Nevadans — including families with children, couples, and individuals of all ages — who will experience homelessness at some point this year.

Daily experiences of homelessness are traumatizing and challenging because of competing needs for survival. The best, most coordinated medical services are not very effective if the patient’s health is continually compromised by street and shelter conditions. According to the National Health Care for the Homeless Council, even inpatient hospitalization, residential drug treatment and mental health care do not have lasting effects if a client returns to the streets or shelters upon discharge.