Downward Spiral of Homelessness
Most guests of the Doorway
centre have complex needs including physical and mental health
issues, substance use, debt and poor education. This is in
line with national statistics.
is likely to exacerbate existing problems and generate new
ones, making it harder for homeless single people to acquire
and sustain a tenancy of their own.
is that as time goes by many homeless people are less likely
to be able to sustain a tenancy even when they reach the top
of the housing waiting list.
Crisis in its Factfile 2005 reports
that two thirds of homeless people regularly use substances
including alcohol and homeless people are up to eight times
more likely to suffer from mental illness than the general
population. Both these facts are likely to have played a major
part in the first place.
"Homelessness has many
consequences...It becomes increasingly difficult to disentangle
cause and effect, but it's clear that in many cases homelessness
leads to increased drinking and drug use, a deterioration
in a person's physical and psychological health, loneliness
and relationship difficulties, crime, difficulties getting
and sustaining employment, training or education and problems
From London Crisis report:
'They Think I Don't exist, The Hidden Nature of Rural Homelessness';
Evans, A (1999)