The number of people without a permanent home in the North West of England has risen by more than 10% in just one year.
In Manchester alone, one in every 135 people are considered homeless.
From family arguments, to addictions, to delays in benefit payments - there are many complex reasons why people end up losing their homes.
In a special report, Rob Smith has been to the streets, the shelters, the temporary accommodations, to hear some of their stories.
In their own words, this is life without anywhere to live:
Tune into Granada Reports tonight at Six for a special programme dedicated to homelessness.