Who Can Be Affected

Homelessness affects thousands of people in Ireland every year and the reality is that it can happen to anyone. Often when people talk about homelessness they are talking about people who they see sleeping on the streets (rough sleepers). In fact there are many more people in our community who are less visible but are also homeless.

People become homeless for a variety of different reasons. For many, homelessness is the result of a brief crisis in their lives. With the right supports they can be assisted out of homelessness quickly, rapidly accessing alternative housing.

Generally the experiences that lead to homelessness are underpinned by poverty and structural inequality. Causes tend to be divided into the following:

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