Diving deep into homelessness, our research focuses on distinguishing this population into three distinct categories: Situational, Episodic, and Chronic. First, situational homelessness is experienced when individuals go without housing for a short period, often due to unexpected economic circumstances. Second, episodic homelessness occurs when individuals have lacked housing for prolonged periods or on multiple occasions or have utilized services. Finally, chronic homelessness is due to non-economic reasons such as mental illness or substance abuse and those individuals have a disability. By examining patterns in shelter usage, demographic shifts, and health disparities, we seek to understand the dynamics of homelessness and its profound impact on society, the economy, and healthcare.
Through identifying the distinct categories of homelessness, we gain a comprehensive view of this population, analyzing factors such as age, gender, family status, economic circumstances, education, and employment. These insights empower us to predict trends, address current challenges, and provide data-driven recommendations for policymakers. Our research is a vital compass guiding targeted efforts to restore dignity and offer practical solutions for the homeless.