Feb 15, 2010 2:59 PM
A Denver program aimed at ending homelessness says 44 percent of homeless respondents in a recent survey have conditions that could put them at a higher risk of dying prematurely if left on the streets.
Denver's Road Home says the national average is around 42 percent. A survey of 276 homeless people on Denver streets and in overflow shelters last week found 121 had factors that research by Boston Healthcare for the Homeless President Jim O'Connell has suggested could make them more vulnerable to premature death. For instance, 62 had a combination of mental illness, substance abuse and chronic disease, and 48 had been hospitalized or taken to the emergency room three times in the past year.