There are factors that make someone more likely to experience homelessness, such as social isolation, addictions or financial problems, but every experience is completely unique.
Lots of factors are outside of an individual’s control, like the state of the economy, a lack of affordable housing or income supports, or a lack of system supports, like help after graduating out of foster care or leaving the hospital. They may have experienced personal trauma, like the onset of mental illness, family breakdown or an abusive relationship that leaves them without a stable home.
As you can see, the pathways into and out of homelessness are complex. That’s why Calgary’s approach aims to meet people where they are at and provide flexible programs to address their unique needs.
To learn more about Calgary’s solution to homelessness, check out our video.