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What is homelessness?

Someone without reliable shelter is considered homeless.

Most families and individuals without a stable, safe place to live transition among different settings, including short-stay motels, doubling-up with friends or family members, sleeping in cars, or in transitional housing or shelters. Less than one-fifth of people experiencing homelessness live on the streets.

Reasons for homelessness

Job loss, high housing costs, changed family situations and illnesses are among the most common causes of homelessness. One unfortunate event can push families and individuals out of their homes. Unaffordable, inequitable or ineffective systems can make it difficult to move past challenging personal circumstances. Learn more about some of the causes of homelessness below.

LACK OF AFFORDABLE HOUSING
  • Leaving an abusive relationship often means the victim has nowhere to go.
  • Divorce, death of a family member and natural disasters can upend stable employment and housing.
  • Veterans and ex-convicts often face challenges re-entering the workforce and securing housing.
ECONOMIC LIMITATIONS
  • Leaving an abusive relationship often means the victim has nowhere to go.
  • Divorce, death of a family member and natural disasters can upend stable employment and housing.
  • Veterans and ex-convicts often face challenges re-entering the workforce and securing housing.
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  • Leaving an abusive relationship often means the victim has nowhere to go.
  • Divorce, death of a family member and natural disasters can upend stable employment and housing.
  • Veterans and ex-convicts often face challenges re-entering the workforce and securing housing.

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Transitional housing provided a hand up

I used to ask myself, ‘How did I bring two kids into this world and I don’t have a place to live?’ I didn’t want to raise my kids in a shelter or somebody’s else’s house. A local transitional housing program gave me a place to live and helped me develop the skills I needed to live on my own. Today, I have a good job, an apartment and my daughters are doing well in school.

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