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Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
Health and Wellness / Health and Poverty
Low income is associated with health risks like inadequate nutrition, unsanitary housing, and social exclusion. These risks can be compounded by delays in seeking care and inadequate access to health care. The severity of health conditions can be exacerbated due to extreme poverty, non-adherence to therapy, cognitive impairment, and/or the adverse health effects of homelessness itself. The resources on this page offer greater detail about the unique health risks of people who are experiencing homelessness and/or living in poverty.

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