Date of Award

Spring 5-2023

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Honors Project

University Scholars Director

Christine Chaney


homelessness, addiction


The homelessness crisis and drug epidemic have been, and continue to, ravage the nation in a manner that is both detrimental to society and humanity. The correlation between substance abuse and homelessness is enormous, though not necessarily causal. The conditions of being homeless coupled with the prevalence of mental illness drastically increases the susceptibility to substance abuse and addiction. On the other hand, addiction and substance abuse can contribute to someone entering homelessness. The intersectionality between the two is frequently ignored, yet critical to address. Informed by research regarding both conditions, the implications for public policy and reform are huge. This project aims to investigate and analyze the relationship between homelessness and addiction by reviewing existing literature and history, detailing the intricacies of addiction, and examining further implications and solutions.

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