Homeless Women in Crisis

Homeless women in Toronto are dying at 10 times the rate of other women between 18 and 44, according to a study in Canadian Medical Association Journal. "Homeless people are at high risk for illness and have higher death rates than the general population. Patterns of mortality among homeless men have been investigated, but less attention has been given to mortality rates among homeless women. We report mortality rates and causes of death in a cohort of women who used homeless shelters in Toronto. We also compare our results with those of other published studies of homeless women and with data for women in the general population."