Homelessness rarely has one single cause; usually it is due to a number of factors. Primary causes relate to poverty, inequality and lack of affordable housing, often coupled with systems failures and individual circumstance. The Simon Communities come across many reasons why people become homeless and we deal with them all. We work with over 6000 people a year, including those who are homeless or at risk of homelessness. We reported a 24% increase in the numbers of people turning to us for help in 2013 and we will be reporting a similar increase when we launch our annual report in a few weeks.