Why do people become homeless?
While the reasons for homelessness vary and range from simple to complex, a reality for almost all people who are homeless is that they cannot afford the cost of housing. According to the US Department of Housing and Urban Development, many people spend between 30% and 50% of their income on housing. This often makes it difficult or impossible to afford other daily living expenses such as food, transportation, or medical care.
Who is homeless?
Literally anyone can become homeless – men, women, children, families, singles, teens, seniors, veterans, and more. To better answer understand this question, communities around the United States conduct an annual Point In Time Count.
More information about homelessness
Clark County’s scorecard in Washington’s goal to reduce homelessness, published May 2014 in Street Roots