Morning Report: No, Not All Homeless People Are Drug Addicts

A homeless woman pours water into a bowl for her dogs. / Photo by Adriana Heldiz

In an interview with Fox 5 San Diego, El Cajon Mayor Bill Well claimed nearly all homelessness is tied to drug or alcohol abuse.

Our Lisa Halverstadt dug into Wells’ claim for our latest Fact Check.

Claims like Wells’, Halverstadt writes, can impact policy discussions: “Statistics like those Wells’ cited can give residents and elected officials ammunition to blame homeless people for their predicaments and provide cover for not exploring solutions that may be costly or controversial.”

After reviewing several studies and surveys and talking with national experts on homelessness, “the consensus was clear,” Halverstadt writes. “Wells’ claim that nearly all homelessness is linked to alcohol or drug addiction is false.”

Wells, however, said his experience as a registered nurse with a doctorate in psychology who’s worked in emergency rooms,…

Original published: 2017-11-09 13:00:22 Read the full San Diego News here


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