Gambling harm and links with homelessness

Gambling harm is more common among people experiencing homelessness – almost 1 in 5 people experiencing homelessness experience clinically significant gambling harm. This is much higher than the general population where 1 in 200 people are said to be experiencing clinically significant harmful gambling. The relationship between gambling and homelessness is complex:

5 reasons why gambling harm impacts people experiencing homelessness

  • 1 Not enough money for basic needs
  • 2 Turning to higher risk or criminal activities fund gambling
  • 3 Severe impacts on physical and mental health
  • 4 Pathways out of homelessness may be difficult due to gambling
  • 5 Pathways out of harmful gambling may be complicated by homelessness