The lack of affordable housing is a leading cause of why people become homeless. Families can become homeless due to financial crisis, medical emergencies, car accidents, deaths in a family of other situations that have a negative effect.
Once homeless families are homeless it is a struggle for them to regain the homes they once had. Homeless families will usually require assistance in terms of rent, job placement, and other short term needs.
Young people are increasingly becoming homeless due to family conflict, including divorce, neglect, or abuse. Thankfully most young people return back home or to family and friends. Youth homelessness is harder to track because they don not interact with standard homeless assistance programs or government agencies.
Veterans often become homeless due to war-related disabilities like physical disability, mental anguish, post-traumatic stress and the difficulties of readjusting to civilian life. To help prevent Veteran homelessness services such as job placement, medical, housing assistance, and others can mitigate the risk of veterans experiencing homelessness.
- There are 643,067 people experiencing homelessness on any given night in the United States.
- Of that number, 238,110 are people in families, and
- 404,957 are individuals.
- 17 percent of the homeless population is considered "chronically homeless,"
- 12 percent of the homeless population: 67,000 are veterans.