Israel’s homeless population has reached 2,300 people, almost half of whom were born in the former Soviet Union, a Welfare Ministry study released on Monday showed.
The study, the largest of its kind in 15 years, found that about a third of Israel’s homeless were in Tel Aviv, while Haifa had nine percent, Jerusalem 8% and Ashdod about 5%.
Of the 268 homeless people interviewed, the most common reason given as to why they were homeless (24%) was substance addiction to drugs or alcohol. Another 17% cited economic problems or lack of money, while 10% said their situation was the result of illness.
The survey found that just 17% had neither addictions nor mental/physical illnesses.
Some 39% said they were addicts, 21% were mentally ill, and 23% had a physical ailment.