Housing and Homelessness

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.


Whether you are a council tenant, privately renting, a home owner or living in supported or sheltered housing the Newham Council website provides useful information on Housing in Newham.



Last updated: 17/11/2022

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