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How so many people become homeless

Homelessness is a crisis that affects millions of people around the world. In Kent alone, an estimated 5,625 people experienced homelessness on any given night last year.

Despite its prevalence, homelessness is often overlooked, ignored, or even criminalised… But how do so. many people become homeless?

One of the major factors that contributes to homelessness is the lack of affordable housing. In Kent, the cost of housing has skyrocketed, making it difficult for people with low incomes to find a safe and stable place to live, this can lead to overcrowding, substandard living conditions, and ultimately, homelessness.

But housing is just one piece of the puzzle. Many people who experience homelessness also struggle with mental health issues, addiction, and physical health problems.

These issues can make it difficult to find and maintain stable housing, and can often exacerbate the problem.

Another issue that contributes to homelessness is the criminalisation of poverty. Homeless people are often subject to laws and policies that criminalise basic survival activities, such as sleeping, eating, or sitting in public spaces. This not only makes it harder for people experiencing homelessness to get the help they need, but also perpetuates a cycle of poverty and criminalisation.

Family breakdown, including divorce, domestic violence, and estrangement, can also lead to homelessness.

When families break down, people may lose their support networks and be forced to leave their homes. This can lead to homelessness, especially for those who do not have the resources to find new housing or support themselves.

There are charities across Kent that are set up to support people suffering from homelessness and offer a range of support. Some of these charities have also reported an increase in people trying to access their services .