Risk of Homelessness
When Housing is Out of Reach
More than at any other time, there is a lack of housing that low income people can afford. Without housing options, people face eviction, instability and homelessness. Sadly, anyone can be one choice or tragedy away from being homeless.
Many people stereotype the homeless population as all alcoholics or drug abusers. Although a high percentage of homeless people do struggle with substance abuse, addictions should be viewed as illnesses and require treatment, counseling and support to overcome. Substance abuse can cause homelessness, but it often arises after people lose their housingHOUSING
Income and Housing Affordability
Low income households often do not earn enough to pay for food, clothing, transportation and a place they can call home.INCOME
Connecting Homelessness and Health
Health and homelessness are inextricably linked. Health problems can cause a person’s homelessness as well as be exacerbated by the experience. Housing is key to addressing the health needs of people experiencing homelessness.HEALTH
Many survivors of domestic violence become homeless when leaving an abusive relationship.DOMESTIC VIOLENCE
Impact of Racial Disparities
Most minority groups in the United States experience homelessness at higher rates than Whites, and therefore make up a disproportionate share of the homeless population.