It’s easy to make the assumption that homelessness is a problem reserved for someone else. Many people operate under the assumption that homeless people are exclusively men who are on the street due to alcoholism or drugs. Mental illness is also often blamed. While substance abuse does play a large role in many cases of homelessness, and some people affected by this unfortunate situation do also suffer from mental health issues, the fact is, most homelessness is caused by financial issues of some kind, whether it’s a bank seizure of a house, a change in job status, uninsured damage to the home or any number of things that mean you can’t afford to keep living where you do.
It also frequently affects families, like the Duncan family featured in this short video from FOX5 Las Vegas. Oncology nurse Cynthia Robinson found out her young patient and his family had nowhere to stay and set about fixing that. She had initially hoped to simply help them out as much as possible during treatment, but the Surprise Squad went way beyond that.