Health Affairs July 22, 2022
Tamar Chukrun, Julian Xie, Donna Biederman, Trisha Dalapati

Lorraine’s homelessness began in 2017 when she was evicted from her public housing apartment for drug use. In addition to chronic housing insecurity and substance use disorder (SUD), Lorraine was living with type 2 diabetes and high blood pressure. With her fixed income, she couldn’t find another affordable place to live and ultimately landed at the nearby homeless shelter.

Lorraine’s first priority became finding a home. She spent her days meeting with the shelter’s case managers, doing odd jobs to save up for rental application fees, and visiting places available for rent. With her primary focus on stabilizing her acute lack of housing, she had to push her own health and health care to a lower priority, despite chronic conditions...

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