why homeless people can t get jobs

why homeless people can t get jobs

Why Don’t Homeless People Get Jobs?

Most people assume that if more people who were homeless were able to get jobs, then homelessness would no longer be a problem. However, the reality is much more complex than this, and there are a number of barriers that often prevent homeless people from finding employment.

1. Lack of stable address

Having a stable and accessible address is essential for many job applications and when sending out résumés to potential employers. Many homeless people often do not have this, and the ones who do have unstable or no access to them.

2. Access to technology

Staying up to date with the latest technology is important for job seekers, but many homeless people do not have access to the internet, computers, or mobile phones. Additionally, many employers will require you to have one or all of these in order to apply for a job.

3. Employment Discrimination

Unfortunately, many employers view the homeless population as being “undesirable”, and this can lead to discrimination against the homeless. It is illegal to discriminate against a person based on their socio-economic status, however, this does not always stop employers from doing it.

4. Poor Job Readiness

Many homeless people struggle with finding jobs due to lack of job readiness skills. Homeless individuals may lack the types of skills employers are looking for due to disparities in access to education, and a lack of professional experience.

5. Interview Anxiety

Applying for jobs can be difficult and nerve-wracking, especially if the person applying has been homeless for a long period of time. Homelessness can cause significant emotional or psychological distress, which can make it difficult to prepare for or perform well during job interviews.

6. Mental or Physical Illness or Injury

Many homeless people suffer from physical and/or mental health issues that can make it difficult to hold down a job. Additionally, mental illness and substance abuse can make it even more difficult for individuals to find jobs, as employers may not be willing to risk it by hiring someone with these issues.


It is clear that there are a number of barriers preventing homeless people from finding employment. In order to help the homeless population, it is important to create policies and practices that make it easier for them to gain access to necessary services, such as technology and education. It is also important to create employment practices that focus on creating more inclusive and equitable job opportunities for homeless individuals.


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