The process of home-making changes over a lifetime. For many, including newly resettled homeless people, the home-making process is difficult, challenging and sometimes unsuccessful. This paper draws on research concerning the experiences of homeless families in New York and studies of homelessness in London and Dublin. It argues that there are supports and barriers to the home process which include social, physical, environmental, financial and practical. Central conclusions are that home does not arrivewith a roof, but is rather that home-making is a complex social psychological process. Developing supports to home-making may offer tangible ways to enable this process to flourish.