Reasons for Becoming Homeless

Reasons for Becoming Homeless

There are many reasons why a person becomes homeless and Dublin Simon Community provide a wide range of services to meet these different support needs. Generally the experiences that lead to homelessness are underpinned by poverty and structural inequality. Causes tend to be divided into the following:

  • Structural Causes: These can include poverty, unemployment, and lack of good quality, affordable housing. More people are now at risk of becoming homeless as a result of the financial crisis which has impacted on the most vulnerable in society and has made more and more people vulnerable.
  • Institutional Causes: People who have lived in foster care and young people leaving care are at high risk of becoming homeless. Also people leaving prison or mental health institutions with nowhere to go to on their release/discharge can end up homeless.
  • Relationship Causes: This can include an abusive relationship or family breakdown. Either way, one or more people may need to leave the home and may have nowhere to go. Death in a family can also be a cause of homelessness as the person may not be able to afford accommodation on one income.
  • Personal Causes: This can include mental illness, learning difficulties, problematic alcohol or/and drug use. If a person has one or more of these problems, they may find it difficult to manage the home they are in or it may lead to other problems such as losing job and inability to pay mortgage/rent or relationship breakdown and have to leave the home. Generally it is a combination of these factors that result in a person becoming homeless.




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