Why are people homeless?

People do not become homeless overnight. Generally, a series of events or conditions escalates to the point where an individual or family can no longer maintain their home. Factors can include, but are not limited to, the following:
  • Poverty
  • Job loss
  • Underemployment
  • Limited formal education
  • Chronic health issues
  • Substance abuse
  • Mental illness
  • Domestic violence
  • Unstable family arrangements
  • Lack of essential life skills such as parenting or money-management
  • Lack of affordable housing in the City of Alexandria
It is important to remember that many of these factors could affect anyone in the community—homelessness can happen to anyone.