The negative stigma attached to being homeless is dehumanizingThe negative stigma attached to being homeless is dehumanizing
Society does not foster human rights for homeless individuals
Mental illness is not the only reason why individuals end up on the streets, but it is s one of the lead contributing factors to homelessness
The system presents barriers that too often add to the burden of mental illnesses for individuals, their families, and communities
It is important to reduce the barriers that prevent homeless people with mental illness from accessing mental health services.
Homeless people with mental illness bear a heavier burden
Consequently homeless mentally ill persons have a high rate of arrests
The criminal justice system processes mentally ill people differently, being quicker to arrest and to incarcerate than those who are not mentally ill
The effects of poverty and inadequate housing are exacerbated by such problems as mental illness and substance abuse.
Homeless individuals are not, as often portrayed in the media and even in some academic writings as people who choose to live life outside societal norms.