OPEN MINDS, The Behavioral Health & Social Service Industry Analyst Industry News United States cities reporting on the demand for emergency food and shelter assistance in 2006 said that 16% of those requesting emergency shelter were mentally ill and that 26% had substance abuse disorders. Mental illness was a leading cause of homelessness and lack of affordable housing was a key factor in continued homelessness. Most cities surveyed (95%) have developed plans to end chronic homelessness. About 25% of cities with a plan said there were fewer homeless individuals living on . . .
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