Homeless dumping

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Homeless dumping is the practice of hospital employees or emergency services releasing homeless patients on the streets instead of placing them into the custody of family, a warming center or homeless shelter or retaining them in a hospital where they may require expensive medical care.[1][2] Many homeless people who have mental health problems can no longer find a place in a psychiatric hospital since the trend towards mental health deinstitutionalization from the 1960s onwards.[3][4]


  • Associated Press; February 9, 2007; Los Angeles. A hospital van dropped off a homeless paraplegic man on skid row and left him crawling in the street with nothing more than a soiled gown and a broken colostomy bag, police said.... Police said the incident was a case of "homeless dumping" and were questioning officials from the hospital.[5]
  • Associated Press, October 25, 2006; Los Angeles. "L.A. Police Allege Homeless Dumping." Authorities have launched a criminal investigation into suspected dumping of homeless people on Skid Row after police witnessed ambulances leaving five people on a street there during the weekend.

See also


  1. "Dumped On Skid Row". 60 Minutes. May 17, 2007. Retrieved 2007-05-21.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. "L.A. charges hospital in dumping of homeless". MSNBC. November 16, 2006. Retrieved 2007-05-21.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
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  5. Police probe alleged L.A. homeless dumping: Hospital van reportedly spotted dropping off paraplegic man on Skid Row, MSNBC via Associated Press, February 9, 2007