Homelessness: Who are the homeless? (Final Draft) Many people become homeless because of reasons beyond their control. Some people have lost their jobs and cannot afford to pay for housing. What is homelessness? Homelessness is defined, by The Steward McKinney Homeless Assistance Act of 1987, as someone who do not own their own home or one who can not afford to pay for housing without depriving themselves of essentials needs (as cited by Mind Disorders, par.
Last, there is the ever- growing homeless population, and how much money it costs us for others to live in poverty. These are the questions we ask ourselves about homelessness, and the only way we can help is to know the facts about this lingering subject. The biggest reason people are homeless is simply because of poverty. They just can't afford to have a place to live and food in their mouths. As of 2000, 11.3% of the US population lived in poverty.
In addition, many homeless suffer from physical disease. Regardless of the reason, the children not only suffer many of the same problems their parents do, but they struggle with the added burden of missing out on school or changing schools many times throughout a given year. The reasons behind the homelessness are many. Some people become homeless because they simply mismanage their money. They cannot pay for housing right then because they have fallen short on their housing bills.
25 % of all homeless people have a mental illness, this means they are not fit to live independently, and instead of getting help from the government, they wander the streets and a lot of the time find closure in using illicit drugs or becoming alcoholics. 68% of people suffering from homelessness is addicted to drugs and/or alcohol.the leading causes of homelessness in america is Political, mental and economical reasons.WIth the economy down many Americans are unemployed and can barely sustain a life, and with all the layoffs and job cuts many families are put under terrible circumstances. Even people with good jobs can find themselves in debt from high mortgages, in recent years the rate of foreclosure rose 32%, and studies show that 10% of people looking for shelter in homeless shelters are doing so because of foreclosure. Homelessness is a cycle, once they get that low it is very hard to get themselves back
Some people got food from begging on the street or buy food by the money they received. Others find food in unfortunate places; trashcan, picking it on the road, or eat others’ leftover. Even if there are chances of getting food from, some also starve and even lead to death. Because of food being so hard to find, 57% homeless spends at least a day being starve (“Statics” 2). For not receiving food and not eating regularly, it affects health conditions.
Chronically Homeless (See Table B1), Mentally Ill (See Table B2) and Substance abuse victims (See Table B3) are groups of people who are commonly homeless. Also, persons with HIV/AIDS (See Table C1), these people often get depressed and suicidal decreasing their likelihood to maintain to medications, which is needed to treat HIV/AIDS. The cost of health care and medications for people living with HIV/AIDS are often too high for people to keep up with. They are also at risk of losing their jobs due to discrimination or health-related absences. Ano... ... middle of paper ... ...endent giving them a sense of freedom once again.
A few more are people with a mental illness and substance abusers. Also, Veterans, who once served in this country. They were also effected by the economic crisis that hit a few years ago. Many also dealing with PTSD, are unwilling to get the help needed because of the shame surrounding mental illness. So many turn to alcohol/drugs as an escape from the terrible and haunting memories of the war.
Homelessness Ever noticed the people outside, asking you for money on the train or in the streets? Most have a funny smell, or are barely dressed when it is freezing outside? Those people are more than likely homeless. Being homeless is the state of a person living on the streets, if they have no home. Homelessness occurs because many people cannot afford housing, do not have a job, receive low income, are mentally ill or have a drug addiction (Coalition for the Homeless).
The homeless live in absolute poverty because they are not able to secure the basic necessities of life such as food, clothing and shelter (Kendall, 2010. p.32). Sickness only compounds the day to day issues of the homeless. They do not have access to adequate healthcare or health insurance and often let a condition or sickness go on so long that it becomes a life or death issue by the time t... ... middle of paper ... ...rces that are in place for the homeless to judge whether they are working properly or need to be changed. The Field Research Method would be best because it allows the researcher to experience what the homeless person experiences as they struggle to survive. In conclusion, homelessness is something that will always plague society.
The mistreatment of homeless people is an issue that is often ignored in our community. When you see a homeless person on the streets how do you react? Do you turn your head and ignore them? Do you become angry that they are living on the streets? Do you feel frightened and avoid the situation all together?