Someone who is experiencing homelessness does not have a primary residence. He or she may be staying in a shelter, living on the streets, occupying a motel room, “doubled up” with friends or family, sleeping in a vehicle, or living in any other unstable or non-permanent situation.
Who is Homeless?
Homelessness can happen to anyone. Homelessness does not define a person but is instead a temporary situation. Homeless Connections serves people of all races, genders, ages, ethnicities, and educational backgrounds. Some contributing factors to homelessness include chronic poverty, job loss and underemployment, a lack of affordable housing, mental illness, addiction, and domestic violence.
There is no single face or cause of homelessness, but people experiencing homelessness do have shared basic needs including affordable housing, suitable income, and health care. Some people experiencing homelessness may require additional services such as mental health or addiction treatment services to achieve self-sufficiency. All these needs must be met to prevent and end homelessness.