WHAT IS HOMELESSNESS?
Homelessness is more than not having a roof over your head, it’s about not having a secure, safe, or affordable place to stay.
You may be considered homeless if you:
- are staying with family or friends
- are squatting (as you don’t have the legal right to stay)
- are staying in a hostel, night shelter or B&B
- are at risk of violence or abuse in your home
- live in poor conditions that are affecting your health
- live apart from your family as you don’t have a place to live together
Homelessness and the life circumstances that surround it can be very stressful, and this can have a huge impact on mental wellbeing. If you or someone you know is struggling with homelessness, or you think you might be at risk of becoming homeless, you can contact CALM to talk about how you’re feeling.
You can also find more support from Shelter. They offer advice and support online, over the phone or through their local services.