Breaking Through the Wall of Mistrust
- Who are they?
- What are the real needs?
- Are they dangerous?
- I’ve been betrayed! I trust no one!
of all homeless are women and children
former foster care children experience homelessness
of all the homeless suffer some form of mental illness
of homeless veterans are disabled
Ever wonder what it could be like to not have any family or friends to help you?
Trauma — physical, sexual and emotional — is both a cause and a consequence of homelessness. Numerous studies conducted during the past decade identify domestic violence as a primary cause of homelessness in the United States.
Foster Care Transition
Youth who have been involved in the foster care system are more likely to become homeless at an earlier age and remain homeless for a longer period of time.
Serious mental illnesses disrupt people’s ability to carry out essential aspects of daily life, such as self care and household management. Mental illnesses may also prevent people from forming and maintaining stable relationships or cause people to misinterpret others’ guidance and react irrationally.
In addition to the complex set of factors influencing all homelessness – extreme shortage of affordable housing, livable income and access to health care – a large number of displaced and at-risk veterans live with lingering effects of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and substance abuse, which are compounded by a lack of family and social support networks.