Yes homelessness can, in one sense, happen to anyone, but we have to consider the difference between possibility and probability in regards to this idea. Sure, anyone could win the Powerball Lottery, but will they? Powerball happens twice a week, so there is potential for 104 winners every year, IF they happen to pick all the right numbers – a 1 in 175,000,000 chance. Sorry but there just aren’t that many millionaires out there to think hitting the Powerball is possible. Of course, one way to assure you will never win the Powerball is to never play it. And that’s important to know.
Becoming homeless requires that certain events take place in a certain manner. And the potential of these things to cause homelessness can be managed in such a way as to guarantee that a person will never become homeless. No one loses money playing Powerball when they don’t play it.
As long as people maintain healthy relationships with family, and friends, possess a hirable skill, and are careful with their finances, they will never become homeless – guaranteed, (barring any unforeseen acts of god or a total collapse of society – but if either of these things happen, being homeless would be the least of their worries.)
Most people in the US will never become homeless. That is because most people possess or have access to, all the resources necessary to prevent it from happening. Let me emphasis, “most people.” There are others in our society who don’t have such resources available to them, and these people are much more likely to become homeless. Those who are under educated, those who do not possess any real job skills, those with out any base of support from family or friends, those are the people who will most likely become homeless. And most likely they don’t have those things because they suffer from mental health or addiction problems – not always, but mostly.
If you really want to help the homeless to become non-homeless, help them develop those crucial aspects of themselves, that you currently possess that prevent you from becoming homeless.