Homelessness Basics

 

Learn about the causes of homelessness and the current state of homelessness

National homeless population

Asheville's Homeless Community

%

decrease from last year

Causes of Homelessness

inaccessable housing

More than at any other time, there is a lack of housing that low income people can afford. Without housing options, people face eviction, instability and homelessness.

Racial Inequity

Most minority groups in the United States experience homelessness at higher rates than Whites, and therefore make up a disproportionate share of the homeless population.

Health concerns

An acute physical or behavioral health crisis or any long-term disabling condition may lead to homelessness; homelessness itself can exacerbate chronic medical conditions.

Domestic Violence

A domestic violence experience is common among youth, single adults, and families who become homeless. For many, it is the immediate cause of their homelessness. 

National Statistics on Homelessness

Housing First

Housing First is a homeless assistance approach that prioritizes providing permanent housing to people experiencing homelessness, thus ending their homelessness and serving as a platform from which they can pursue personal goals and improve their quality of life. This approach is guided by the belief that people need basic necessities like food and a place to live before attending to anything less critical, such as getting a job, budgeting properly, or attending to substance use issues. Additionally, Housing First is based on the theory that client choice is valuable in housing selection and supportive service participation, and that exercising that choice is likely to make a client more successful in remaining housed and improving their life.

Resources

  • Domestic Violence During the Pandemic: Resources for Victims and Survivors

All information above is from the National Alliance to End Homelessness, a nonpartisan organization committed to preventing and ending homelessness in the United States.

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