Homelessness is a complex issue that extends beyond simply `rooflessness' to a lack of a home. Therefore the Report covers a wide range of topics in some depth. The Report identifies areas of further work and the Board will be working with relevant stakeholders to progress these issues.
In this Report, the Social Inclusion Board identifies a range of economic and social factors as the primary, or structural, causes of homelessness. Key among these are unemployment, a low level of income (including low wages and salaries as well as inadequate income support payments), and lack of access to affordable and appropriate housing, most significantly because of its undersupply. The immediate impact of these structural factors is poverty, which in turn is a significant factor leading to and compounding both the experience and risk of homelessness.