Homelessness is devastating, dangerous and isolating. On average, homeless people are more likely than the general population to:
- Die at a younger age
- Have been victims of violence
- Take their own life than the general population
Causes of homelessness
People become homeless for lots of different reasons. There are social causes of homelessness, such as:
- A lack of affordable housing, poverty and unemployment
- Life events such as a relationship breaking down, losing a job.
- Mental or physical health problems.
- Leaving prison, care or the army with no home to go to.
- Escaping a violent relationship
- No longer being able to afford the rent. And for many, life events
- Substance misuse can be the trigger
being homeless can, in turn, make many of these problems harder to resolve
There is homelessness prevention advice and guidance available to help you with your individual circumstances.