TABLE 2

Circumstances Preceding Homelessness

CircumstanceBefore Policy (2010–2012) (N = 15), n (%)After Policy (2012–2016) (N = 297), n (%)Rate Difference (95% CI)
Reason for homelessnessa
 Eviction2 (13.3)58 (19.5)0.06 (−0.11 to 0.24)
 No longer able to stay with friends or family5 (33.3)210 (70.7)0.37 (0.13 to 0.62)b
 Unable to pay rent0 (0.0)34 (11.5)0.11 (0.08 to 0.15)b
 Loss of income or fired1 (6.7)3 (1.0)−0.06 (−0.18 to 0.07)
 Moved from another state or country 3 (20.0)63 (21.2)0.01 (−0.20 to 0.22)
 Unsafe housing5 (33.3)38 (12.8)−0.21 (−0.45 to 0.04)
 Domestic violence0 (0.0)31 (10.4)0.10 (0.07 to 0.14)b
 Other2 (13.3)5 (1.7)−0.11 (−0.30 to 0.06)
 Unknown or not described1 (6.7)0 (0.0)−0.07 (−0.19 to 0.06)
Location staying beforehanda
 Own home7 (46.7)6 (2.0)−0.45 (−0.70 to −0.19)b
 With relatives5 (33.3)120 (40.4)0.07 (−0.17 to 0.32)
 With friends3 (20.0)142 (47.8)0.28 (0.07 to 0.49)b
 Street1 (6.7)30 (10.1)0.03 (−0.10 to 0.17)
 Car1 (6.7)23 (7.7)0.01 (−0.12 to 0.14)
 Other2 (13.3)9 (3.0)−0.10 (−0.28 to 0.07)
  • a Percentages may not add to 100% because some patients had multiple reasons for homelessness and the locations where they were staying beforehand.

  • b Denotes statistically significant results.