Get help Homelessness FAQs Why do people become homeless? That’s not an easy question to answer as it’s so complex. Anyone can become homeless, from people who have been released from prison or have left the care system, through to people who seem to have stable lives but might have a number of issues which cause them to become homeless. Poverty and relationship breakdown are the biggest causes of homelessness amongst the people who come to Barnabus. Increasingly we are seeing people made homeless through ‘no fault’ evictions from private tenancies, where the landlord might choose to sell the property or charge a higher rent.