What Causes Homelessness?

Homelessness. Every person who has or is experiencing homelessness has their own story, their own unique circumstances, and their own reasons for why or how they are living without a home. Often times we can paint the narrative of homelessness with a broad brush and make assumptions about individuals experiencing homelessness.

The causes of homelessness are complex and there are many different opinions on why people experience it. We took to the street to ask people we met what they thought caused homelessness. Watch the video below to see how people responded. Then ask yourself, how would you have responded?

The KNOW Homelessness campaign works to dispel myths around homelessness and encourage people to challenge the preconceived notions they might have towards the homeless population. Watch the videos below to gain a better understanding of common myths and challenge your own assumptions on the topic.

Myth 1 | Homelessness Costs Too Much to Solve

Myth 2 | People Experiencing Homelessness Are Lazy

Myth 3 | People Experiencing Homelessness Choose to Be on the Street

Myth 4 | Homelessness Only Happens to Certain People

Learn more about the KNOW Campaign and how you can take action now. 

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