Who are the homeless?
Homelessness is a complex issue with no “one-size-fits-all” reason, and they span across every imaginable classification or group:
- People with disabilities
- People with mental health issues
- People who have experienced domestic violence, rape, or other violence, including abuse as a child.
- Veterans, usually as a result of PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder), sometimes as a result of untreated physical illness
- Racial minorities
- Sexual minorities
- People with children. Women & children are the fastest-growing section of homeless people, but single, low-income fathers are at extremely high risk for homelessness, also, and receive very little in the way of attention and resources. Having two parents doesn’t make a family immune from homelessness either.
- Children and teenagers, especially children of low-income families
- Foster children
- Elderly men, and elderly women
- Illiteracy, lack of education, drug addiction, and alcoholism are also contributing factors
- Anyone who has been imprisoned is many times more likely to become homeless
- Anyone one of us…..