Case Management Guidebook

Comprehensive guidance and support to professionals working in homeless and drug services

Causes of Homelessness

The causes of homelessness and the reasons why people remain homeless, or continually return to homelessness, are reasonably well understood.

Homelessness is best comprehended as a variety of circumstances, where people are unable to access and/or maintain an appropriate home for themselves and their families. There are a number of individual, social and economic factors, which may increase a person’s vulnerability in society, and increase the risk of experiencing homelessness.

These include factors such as social exclusion, family breakdown, a lack of suitable housing and lack of employment. People are most at risk of homelessness where poverty and personal crisis occur simultaneously.