People can become homeless for a variety of reasons. Some are homeless as a result of a fire or natural disaster, job loss, financial ruin from an unexpected or prolonged illness in the family, acts of violence, aging out of the foster care system, abandonment, etc. The individual may have experienced substance abuse, imprisonment, or lived in an abusive relationship. Another factor can be mental health issues which are undiagnosed or untreated or if the individual lacks the resources to continue treatment. Often it may be the culmination of years of moving from one crisis to another in a downward spiral unable to stop the momentum.
Issues involved in Homelessness and Living in Crisis: