I volunteered for New York City’s annual homeless count the other night, and after meeting a pair of homeless women, I was struck with just how much work being homeless requires. For these women, it must have involved finding a car, finding an out-of-state registration, finding an unsecured off-street parking lot with all-hours access near to transit, and that’s just to embark on the venture of street life.
Of course, while the homeless person is navigating all of those issues, the issues that led to homelessness in the first place need to be resolved as well (lack of education, lack of family/support network, addiction/recovery, mental illness, rehabilitation from illness or injury, being a victim of crime, etc.).
This post about eviction points out what leads up to being homeless. Worth reading.