By Monica E. Oss, Chief Executive Officer The homeless (or housing insecure) issue plagues city after city throughout the country. There are currently over 550,00 homeless Americans—and that number has been on the rise over the past three years. Most were individuals (70 percent), and the rest were people living in families with children (see State of Homelessness: 2021 Edition  and Homeless In America). Those individuals have a significantly shorter lifespan, averaging just 50 years for unhoused populations (see National Coalition For The Homeless Mortality Archives) compared to the national average of 78.5 years for Americans with housing. This discrepancy is due to health problems, poor nutrition,…
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