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Economic Security

Health & housing critically tied

Poor health is a major cause of homelessness. If an injury or chronic condition results in someone being unable to work, paying rent or a mortgage may become an issue. Conversely, homelessness may create or exacerbate existing health conditions due to weather conditions, lack of healthcare, unhealthy diet, street violence, etc.

Six ways a job affects your health

Poorly compensated employment, unsafe employment and unemployment can all impact a person’s health and well-being. Some people work at jobs with lower wages that can negatively impact living conditions, physical safety hazards that can result in injury, or stress-inducing environments that lead to health problems.

Skills are the starting point

Studies have shown that unemployment impacts one’s financial, physical and mental well-being. Laid-off workers are more likely to develop a stress-related condition, such as stroke, heart attack, heart disease, or arthritis.