What triggers homelessness?
While circumstances vary, more than 50% say that their homelessness was triggered by an economic factor. 35% of people surveyed cited loss of job as the cause of their homelessness, and 15% of people reported that their bills were higher than their earnings. Another major factor is a lack of affordable housing in the United States contributes to the inability to acquire or maintain housing, particularly in urban areas where homelessness is more prevalent (Source: National Alliance to End Homelessness).
A variety of additional factors can contribute to the problem: chief among these are poverty, a decline in levels of public assistance, lack of affordable health care, mental illness, and addictive disorders.
Visit the Coalition for the Homeless website for more information: http://www.homelesshouston.org/homelessness-101