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Pandemic Homelessness Hits Those with Diabetes 48 Times Harder Than Other Americans

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Extract from the article: Pandemic Homelessness Hits Those with Diabetes 48 Times Harder Than Other Americans

Published: July 28th, 2021 by the Press department of the American Diabetes Association.

Arlington, Virginia

According to a national survey released by the American Diabetes Association® (ADA) in partnership with the real-time market research platform Thrivable, those with diabetes reported financial, housing, food and medical access challenges of crisis proportions, at numbers well beyond the impact on the public at large. Fully 7.6% of respondents said they had become temporarily or permanently homeless since the start of the public health emergency–a figure 48 times higher than the national average–while almost 16 percent went into default on mortgages and other debt or said they would soon be in default. That figure is about twice the national rate.

The disproportionate share of the adverse economic impact on people with diabetes has been felt by communities of color:

  • Some 47% of Native American respondents said they were in default or near it, while more than 20% of Black respondents faced this situation, versus 14% of white respondents.
  • Latinx respondents reported being 26% more likely than whites to be in or near default on debt.
  • Meanwhile, about twice as many Native Americans (14.3%) as whites (7.7%) became homeless since the pandemic began, while Asians were 69% and Blacks were 6.5% more likely than whites to have become homeless.

“People with diabetes–and particularly those in communities of color–continue to feel an alarming disproportionate impact as a result of the pandemic,” said Tracey D. Brown, President and CEO of the ADA. “With the data indicating such devastating figures, the tremendous resource gaps between our community and the rest of the nation must be immediately addressed.”

While low-income Americans reported far higher rates of homelessness and debt default, the economic strains have been serious even for those who earn $75,000 to $100,000 a year, the survey showed. Further, nearly 70% of those who reported having financial difficulty during the pandemic said a key cause was the cost of medical expenses, including the cost of medical care, prescription drugs, and diabetes supplies.

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