Tuesday 17 January 2017

Average homeless men have a lifespan of 42 years

Published 24/09/2016 | 11:16

The Dublin Simon Community said the number of homeless people it sees in the capital is averaging 150 this month
The Dublin Simon Community said the number of homeless people it sees in the capital is averaging 150 this month

The average lifespan of homeless people has been revealed in a report highlighting the vulnerability of those living on the street.

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Homeless men have an average lifespan of 42-years-old, while the average age of death for homeless women is 38-years-old.

The study called ‘Mortality Amongst the Homeless Population in the Dublin Region’ showed that of the 140 deaths among the homeless population over a four-year period, 16 occurred on the streets.

Another 67 died in hospital and 41 in homeless services.

The study revealed that 30pc of homeless people will die as a result of drug and alcohol addiction.

The study was carried out Dr Joe Barry and Dr Jo-Hanna Ivers of the Institute of Public Health, Trinity College Dublin, in collaboration with Bernie O’Donoghue Hynes of the Dublin Region Homeless Executive.

Through visits to homeless hostels, the coroners’ offices and homeless agencies, they drew together data showing:

  •     140 deaths among homeless between 2011 and 2014.
  •     Nine deaths among homeless people aged 18 to 24 — seven men and two women.
  •     12 deaths among over 65s who were homeless
  •     16 died on the streets; 67 in hospital; and 41 in homeless service

The report also included recommendations including how the death of homeless people be recorded.

A recent city centre headcount by the Dublin Simon Community found 168 people slept outside in doorways, shop fronts, streets and parks.

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