Homeless people’s deaths ’up 24%’ over five years in England and Wales 在英格蘭與威爾斯，無家者死亡人數5年間「上升24%」
Almost 600 homeless people died in England and Wales in 2017, according to the Office for National Statistics. The figure represents a rise of 24% over five years.
These are the first official estimates of the number of deaths of homeless people, which show 84% of those who died were men. A detailed breakdown shows：more than half of the deaths were because of drug poisoning, liver disease or suicide. The average age of death was 44 for men and 42 for women, compared with 76 for men and 81 for women among the rest of the population.
At The Wellspring charity for homeless and disadvantaged people in Stockport, staff and volunteers have created a mural in remembrance of those who have died. Chief executive Jonathan Billings has worked there for 17 years and, while 10 years ago there might have been a few dozen people on the books, the numbers now run into hundreds - and lots of them are dying. "Almost certainly, over the five or six years, it has become much more prevalent that people we are working with are passing away," he said.