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Unstable housing makes people 4 times more likely to use drugs, Stuart writes: Copyright (c) 2009 New York City Law Review New York City Law Review HOUSING IS HARM REDUCTION: THE CASE FOR THE CREATION OF HARM REDUCTION BASED TERMINATION OF TENANCY PROCEDURES FOR THE NEW YORK CITY HOUSING AUTHORITY Megan Stuart * J.D., City University of New York School of Law (2009 In addition to the emotional toll of eviction and the disruption it causes, homelessness also has devastating consequences on an individual's health. Homelessness causes social isolation, the loss of material resources, inadequate access to health care and makes it difficult to maintain basic hygiene. 57 Regardless of the type of housing an individual has, people whose housing is stable "are less likely to engage in risky behaviors and more likely to reduce HIV risk than their counterparts who are homeless / unstably housed." 58 Homeless or unstably housed people are two to four times more likely to use drugs, share needles, or engage in high-risk sex than stably housed people of the same demographics. 59 Even among people at the highest HIV risk level due to IV drug use those who are homeless are significantly more likely to contract [*83] HIV. 60 The co-occurrence between HIV and homelessness or unstable housing is well documented. 61 Research shows that the relationship is more than corollary and that housing status is implicated in HIV risk. 62 Homelessness is associated with HIV risk because of the relationship between homelessness and poverty 63 and the loss of private space, which promotes the use of shooting galleries. 64 There is an increase risk of HIV for the unstably housed Stuart writes: Copyright (c) 2009 New York City Law Review New York City Law Review HOUSING IS HARM REDUCTION: THE CASE FOR THE CREATION OF HARM REDUCTION BASED TERMINATION OF TENANCY PROCEDURES FOR THE NEW YORK CITY HOUSING AUTHORITY Megan Stuart * J.D., City University of New York School of Law (2009) Also vital in the link between homelessness and HIV risk is the loss of social networks that is associated with homelessness. Many researchers have found that frequent changes in residence
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