There are also specific events that often act as triggers for homelessness, which can include leaving home after family conflict, eviction, widowhood, leaving care or prison, a sharp deterioration in mental health or an increase in substance misuse
The trouble in allowing a split between two theories on the causes of homelessness. One theory is that individual’s personal problems cause them to be unable to keep housing, leading them to lives on the streets. The other theory is that societal, structural causes are at work. Homelessness appears to be caused mostly by structural forces, but is also influenced by individuals’ personal problems.