Some 50 percent of Brisbane's homeless community is at risk of early death, a survey has found.
The survey included interviews with 231 people who live on Brisbane's streets. "This data gives us clear indicators for how we need to organize our response to people who are chronically homeless," said Karyn Walsh, coordinator of the 50 Lives 50 Homes campaign.
The survey also assessed some health markers for the homeless and determined factors like advanced age, damaged mental health, substance abuse, kidney or liver disease, HIV and other chronic disease like diabetes. The risk of dying was assessed using a mortality index that also took into account the length of homelessness.
"New partnerships are needed to meet our goals of housing the first 50 most vulnerable homeless people in Brisbane," Ms Walsh urged.