Boston Homeless Mortality

Last week the city of Boston held it's annual homeless census. 250 volunteers traveled around the city overnight to try to get a sense of how many people were left out in the cold. Despite the availability of shelters, some homeless people prefer to sleep out of doors.

They're called "rough sleepers" by the homeless community, and every year, some of them die on the streets.

Dr. Jim O'Connell is a street doctor, and president of Boston Health Care for the Homeless. Click the listen link above to hear his comments on his recent study of homeless mortality.

This program aired on December 27, 2005. The audio for this program is not available.


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