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The Short Fall into Homelessness: How Society Fails our Most Vulnerable

Dec 7, 2017

Credit Healthcare for the Homeless

Jeff Garrett had a nice life.  Married, two kids, he and his wife both worked, and his job gave him the flexibility to be at home with his children. Hardly the portrait of a man on the brink of homelessness.  And yet, in remarkably short order, Jeff found himself divorced, separated from his kids, penniless, evicted, mentally unstable, and contemplating suicide.  Jeff’s story opens the door on a conversation about mental health and homelessness.  What are the safety nets, and what happens when they fail?  What’s the emotional and physical toll of homelessness?  And what’s our collective responsibility as a society when it comes to helping the most vulnerable among us? This month on Life in the Balance, understanding, and coping with, homelessness. 

Guests on this show include: 

Kevin Lindamood, CEO, Health Care for the Homeless.

Meredith Greif, Assistant Professor of Sociology at Johns Hopkins University.

Terry Hickey, Director, Mayor’s Office of Human Services.