Researchers at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) report that Illinois hospital visits associated with homelessness have tripled since 2011.
Their findings, which are published in the American Journal of Public Health, also show that beginning in 2016, annual conservative estimates of homelessness using hospital-based data have exceeded similar estimates from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, or HUD.
“The data suggests that homelessness may be increasing, despite official HUD estimates showing a substantial decrease in homelessness,” said Ms. Dana Madigan, who earned an MPH in health policy and administration in 2013 and is now a PhD student in environmental and occupational health sciences at the University of Illinois at Chicago School of Public Health. Ms. Madigan is the first author of the study, and School of Public Health professors Drs. Lee Friedman and Linda Forst are co-authors.Friday Letter Submission, Publish on January 24