Family Dynamics and Instability

A breakdown of  family is a contributing factor of homelessness. This can happen at any time. Sometimes it is due to the death of a parent or caregiver. If there is no extended family or support system, younger children are placed in the foster care system and older youth are left to fend for themselves. An eviction or foreclosure can force an entire family to become homeless and separate. Youth are often left without a permanent home causing them to move from one friend or family’s home to another until they have overstayed their welcome and look for some other type of shelter. In some cases family dynamic causes youth to become homeless. Mom gets a new boyfriend that doesn’t get along with the youth, causing the youth to leave the home.