Addiction Services


Approximately 17% of people experiencing homelessness struggle with a chronic substance abuse problem.13 Addiction services seek to help them overcome this basic challenge of health by providing them with medical attention and recovery assistance. These programs are often complicated to implement, requiring sustained funding, a physical location to operate offices and temporarily house patients, and personnel resources. Government agencies and non-profits generally implement these programs due to the complexity involved and heavy lift of resources required. Some of these services may be mobilized in a lightweight way, however, such as:

  • Offering mobile health check-in stations to bring these health services to those experiencing homelessness
  • Needle disposal boxes to prevent the spread of infection and disease

Approximately 17% of the homeless struggle with a chronic substance abuse problem. Addiction services seek to help the homeless overcome this basic challenge of health by providing them with medical attention and recovery assistance. These programs are often complicated to implement, requiring sustained funding, a physical location to operate offices and temporarily house patients, and personnel resources. Government agencies and non-profits generally implement these programs due to the complexity involved and heavy lift of resources required. Some of these services may be mobilized in a lightweight way, however, such as:

  • Offering mobile health check-in stations to bring these health services to the homeless
  • Needle disposal boxes to prevent the spread of infection and disease