February 19, 2014: Homelessness, Discrimination and Health
Join us as we warm up the WERU transmitter for the National Homelessness Marathon, brodacasting tonight from Brattleboro, Vermont.
Homelessness is often the consequence of societal discrimination against people that fail to conform to norms or are affected by physical or mental illness.
The costs of health care and medications for people living with HIV/AIDS are high and those afflicted are in danger of losing their jobs due to discrimination or as a result of frequent health-related absences. Up to 50% of PLWHA in the United States are at risk of becoming homeless (National Alliance to End Homelessness, 2006).
One in five transgender people in the U.S. have been refused a home or apartment, and more than one in ten have been evicted, because of their gender identity. One in five have experienced homelessness at some time in their lives because of discrimination and family rejection. An estimated 20-40% of the more than 1.6 million homeless youth in the United States are LGBT3. (National Center for TransEquality)
The consequence of becoming homelessness can be catastrophic for health.
Join our dialogue at 10:00 AM as we discuss homelessness, discrimination and health. We'll look at causes, consequences and solutions.
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