The Reasons People are Homeless in Cookeville
The Nashville Coalition for the Homeless cites these major reasons for homelessness in Middle Tennessee:
The lack of affordable housing has been identified as the major factor contributing to homelessness in every major study of the issue conducted since 1986.
Physical Disability: Profound injuries, illness or birth defects. Socially debilitating physical traits such as disfigurement, dental deficiencies, or obesity.
Development Difficulties: Low IQ or traumatic head injury that hinders intellectual functioning.
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder: A history of domestic violence, abuse, combat, catastrophic loss of family, among other causes.
Educational Deficiencies: The inability to read and write, lack of basic education skills or no high school diploma.
Learning Disabilities: Dyslexia, ADD and other disorders, which interfere with educational, and life functioning.
Addictions: Drugs, alcohol, sex, gambling and other addictions.
Severe Family Dysfunction: Abusive parents, broken homes, multiple residences/caregivers.
No Family or Significant Support System: Total lack of family support due to death, alienation, or institutionalized childhood.
Criminal History: The existence of a criminal record that seriously limits opportunity.
Limited Occupational Skill Set: The inability to do anything beyond the most basic manual labor.
Life Skill Deficiency: The inability to manage the most basic life functions such as hygiene, housing, transportation, finances and relationships.
Transportation Deficiencies: The inability to purchase, maintain, insure or legally drive a car or obtain transportation through public or private means.
Prior Long Term Institutionalization: An extended stay in juvenile institutions, mental hospitals, prison or other institution.
Generational Poverty: Two or more generations dependent on public assistance or charity for basic living needs that has fostered an attitude of helplessness.