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Homelessness is Deadly and Dangerous to Individuals: The Urgency of Housing and Hope

Concentrations of unsheltered and emergency sheltered people who are homeless are expensive to the community, corrosive to neighborhoods, deadly and dangerous for individuals.  This past Tuesday, the City Council received a briefing on how the cost effective responses in the Directions Home plan strengthen neighborhoods and save lives. (You can watch the video here.)

In the coming weeks, our blog posts will focus on the consequences of homelessness and the Directions Home response.  With frigid weather and snow very much on our minds, this post examines the deadly and dangerous toll that homelessness takes on individuals—specifically, homeless women.

Mayor Betsy Price and Dr. Emily Spence-Almaguer, Associate Professor at the University of North Texas Health Science Center, spoke this morning at the 6th Annual, “Breakfast with the Mayor”.  The sold out event highlights the work of Directions Home partner agency, the Fort Worth Day Resource Center for the Homeless.

Dr. Spence-Almaguer’s remarks focused on the results of her study of The Victimization Experiences and Health Challenges of Women who are Homeless in Fort Worth.  Her powerful words underscore the peril faced each day by women who are homeless and the urgency of linking people to housing and providing hope.  Read what women who are homeless had to say about how our community can best help.  Remarks by Dr. Spence-Almaguer.

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