There are a lot of reasons why an individual may experience homelessness; however, there are societal problems that hinder individuals’ ability to gain affordable housing and a living wage. Some root causes of homelessness are:
- Poverty from a lack of good jobs
- Lack of affordable housing
- Lack of affordable healthcare
- Domestic Violence
- Mental Illness
- Substance Abuse
- Discharge from institutions i.e. prisons without appropriate planning.