Homelessness isn’t just sleeping on the streets
Being homeless means not having a stable or safe place to live.
Homelessness can include:
Living or sleeping in a car
Staying in a shelter, hostel or refuge
Living in an abandoned house or building
Staying in overcrowded housing
Living in temporary accommodation
Being homeless means not having stable place to live, not feeling safe, not having privacy and not having control over your living arrangements.
Homelessness can affect anyone
There are a number of reasons someone may become homeless. Some causes include:
Illness or disability
Mental health issues
Alcohol or drug use
The impact of being homeless
When a person becomes homeless, even for a short time, the impacts can last a long time.
It can be harder for people to:
Find a job
Look after their health
Stay connected with others
It can also have an effect on:
Study and school
Ability to cope with everyday stresses
Who can help?
If you’re in danger or need a safe place to stay, these 24hr services can help:
Nearly half of all homeless people are under the age of 25.
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