At TCBC, we see homelessness up close every day. We get a first-hand look at its causes and complexities, and we see the impact it has on individuals and families.
Most people do not see homelessness so closely on any regular basis. Often times, ideas of homelessness are informed largely by hearsay, media, and general misconceptions.
The more we understand, the closer we get to fulfilling our vision of ending homelessness in Beaver County. And we invite all in our community to join us in that endeavor!
Long-term, life-changing solutions require a holistic approach that includes a safety net, a guiding hand, and opportunities for permanent housing, support, physical and mental health care, and/or skills training.
These can be difficult to find and navigate, especially for someone who is experiencing the stress of pending eviction or who is without a home and basic needs
Some Important Facts About Homelessness
> FACT: There are many causes of homelessness
A variety of personal, social, economic, or health-related factors can leave a person or family vulnerable.
Some factors are within their control while others are not. Some are individual issues while others are systemic.
In the list below, the leading causes are in bold:
> Fact: Anyone can become homeless
Anyone can become homeless given an unfortunate turn of events. Those more vulnerable or at more immediate risk may include:
How these vulnerabilities can lead to homelessness
Inability to Resolve Crisis
Fact: Homelessness may not look like you expect it to
We don’t always “see” homelessness. Sometimes people without homes are in places we would expect, and other times they are not. Often they are “hidden.”
Personal Impact of Homelessness
Health and Mortality Statistics
Source: National Health Care for the Homeless Council
Community Impact of Homelessness
“Without connections to the right types of care, they cycle in and out of hospital emergency departments and inpatient beds, detox programs, jails, prisons, and psychiatric institutions—all at high public expense. Some studies have found that leaving a person to remain chronically homeless costs taxpayers as much as $30,000 to $50,000 per year.”