Homelessness is an important social problem that is frequently misunderstood by the mass population because of the lack of resources. There are millions of people in North America that are either staying in shelters or living on the streets. Homelessness affects individuals of all ethnicities, ages, and genders. To understand the one-of-many problems with homelessness, we need to observe the interaction between the individual and their environment. The obvious question to ask is why do people become homeless? The most common answer is that they were evicted from their homes, unstable behaviour, such as aggression and substance use, and loss of employment.
A psychologist may be involved in studying and resolving the problem of homelessness by researching the issues behind the behaviour that leads to loss of employment and homes as well as childhood trauma.