Homelessness is not what most people think it is. Homelessness is not a problem faced solely by big cities. Homelessness is not a label that applies only to addicts or the mentally ill. Homelessness is not sleeping on park benches and begging for spare change. What homelessness is may surprise those who thought they understood. Homelessness is increasing in all areas of the country and families account for a growing proportion of those without shelter.