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Thousands of homeless people in Europe are at risk of dying prematurely. The true number is most often unknown as the experience of homelessness is not necessarily recorded on death certificates. As a result, the huge impact homelessness has on people’s health and wellbeing, morbidity and mortality often go unnoticed. That is why we decided to dedicate this issue of Homeless in Europe to raise awareness of the extremely high rates of multiple morbidity and extreme low age of mortality among homeless people. People experiencing homelessness face excessive health inequalities: they have high rates of chronic mental and physical health conditions which are often accompanied by substance abuse problems. While they are the most in need of care, homeless people are the least likely to get them because of the several barriers they face when accessing healthcare.

This edition contains the following contributions: