On a global scale, poverty is one of the most important root causes of homelessness. Stagnant wages, unemployment, and the high costs of housing and health care contribute to poverty. Not being able to afford essential items such as housing, food, education and more greatly increases the risk for an individual or family. It's not uncommon to discover that men and women in many shelters are burdened by pain.
Unable to cope with the death of a loved one or other major trauma, they numb your pain and make you addicted. Addiction and apathy lead to the loss of work and home. They just stop caring if they live or die. Grief becomes an obstacle to living.
A major barrier to recovery often lies in the ability to restore trust and maintain healthy relationships. Probably the most common stereotype of chronically homeless people is that they are addicted to drugs and alcohol for good reason.