Faces of Homelessness

Faces of Homelessness

Course Number: BMSC X440.3

2 units

Despite the Federal Government’s claims of national prosperity, nearly 1.5 million people were homelessness at some point during 2018. Contrary to popular belief, only about a third is part of the subgroup known as the “chronically homeless,” (who typically have co-occurring disorders of substance use, mental illness, and/or chronic health conditions). The purpose of this course is to change the perceptions of homelessness to better reflect the diverse group of individuals it affects today. Over two-thirds are experiencing homelessness for the first time, or may be intermittently on the streets when their temporary housing at a friend’s, relative, or shelter abruptly ends. Special emphasis is placed on the two fastest-growing populations: young adults (16 to 25 years of age) and seniors (65+ years of age). Utilizing interdisciplinary models that address the physical, environmental, social, and behavioral determinants of overall health and wellness, this course will provide students the tools of a “Change Agent” to make a significant difference in the lives of the homeless in their community.


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