From time to time you may have heard homeless advocates say that homelessness could happen to anyone. At the risk of offending some, I’m going to tell you that that statement is NOT true. (OK maybe it isn’t technically a “lie” because a lie connotes a purposeful attempt to deceive, and when people say that homelessness can happen to anyone, more than likely they actually believe it.)
Homelessness is not a virus that people pick up by contact with others, nor is homelessness a car jacker who randomly picks you out of the crowd to steal your car and your dignity. Homelessness occurs only after specific things happen in a person’s life, things that people can avoid by paying attention to what’s going on in their lives and taking the proper actions when necessary.
Mental health, physical health, social health (relationships with family and friends) and financial health – these are the four aspects of life that, if kept in good order, will prevent people from becoming homeless.
Even if one of these four aspects of life begins to falter, the three other aspects together will be able to compensate for the lack of health in the other.
Only when two or more of these four aspects begins to deteriorate does a person become at risk for becoming homeless. Even so, if just one of these aspects of life is very well maintained, while the other three deteriorate, it may still prevent homelessness from occuring. It should also be mentioned that all these aspects of life are mostly dependent on a well maintained mental health.
Keep these four aspects of your life in good order and you will never be at risk of homelessness. It will not happen to you.