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Social Networks Significant for People Experiencing Homelessness

National Health Care for the Homeless Council

The National Health Care for the Homeless (HCH) Council has published a literature review of social networks among people experiencing homelessness. The report, Social Networks & Homelessness, covers the types, origins, functions, and impacts of homeless social networks.

Social networks among people experiencing homelessness can improve health outcomes and services utilization, especially for youth. Recent studies have shown peer networks to impact substance use, sexual behavior, and mental health, as well as service use, especially employment services and shelter. These findings have a variety of implications, including the potential development of health intervention programs that strengthen positive networks.

Read the full report here


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