Substance Use and Homelessness
The risks associated with substance use are increased for people living in poverty and people who are experiencing homelessness. Substance use and homelessness often occur together, though one does not cause the other. Factors such as poverty, racism, and structural oppression may lead people to substance use. These and other factors may also result in a person experiencing homelessness. This lesson explores the diverse experiences of people who use substances. Common perceptions of substance use and homelessness can have negative impacts on strategies to end homelessness.
After completing this training, participants should be able to:
- Explore the experiences and conditions of people experiencing homelessness and substance use issues
- Consider how perceptions of homelessness and substance use influence the way we respond
- Describe challenges and barriers to transitioning out of homelessness for people who use substances