“3.5 million people will experience homelessness in a given year,”(Los Angeles Homeless Services). This shocking number is one of the sad truths in today’s society. Homelessness is caused by a wide range of things including financial issues. The life of a homeless person is hard and comes with set-backs and the constant need to overcome them. Homeless people go through many challenges in surviving without a home. They can suffer from health issues, hunger, and poor emotional well-being. Homeless people suffer from health issues in surviving without a home. When the weather is cold, they are in risk of hypothermia. “In Des Moines, as the National Coalition for the homeless pointed out, temperatures have to drop all the way to 20 degrees, …show more content…
Hypothermia is a cause for concern when temperatures are in the 32 degrees to 50 degrees range. Since winter shelters are only available once temperatures drop way under, those without homes have to suffer in the cold winter weather. This shows how homeless people must be strong enough to endure the harsh weather and only those with stronger immune systems will be able to survive. The cold winter weather affects everyone and only the fittest survive. “While some called her a thorn in their side, others called her their friend and a ‘special soul.’ At the end of December, she died from exposure on a bench outside of a coffee shop,” (Lives of the Homeless). The harsh conditions made it hard for this lady to survive. She, like many others, had a life and a story to tell but the weather was unsuitable to be homeless in. Many like her die because of the weather. The …show more content…
“Surveys of people experiencing homelessness show that about 25% of the homeless population suffers from some form of mental illness... ,” (Homelessness in America). The homeless peoples’ mental illness can be thought as a result of their loneliness, past experiences, or unhappiness. There may be something haunting he/she that makes them have to struggle with their thoughts and endure the emotional stress. A homeless girl named Rebecca tells her story. “I slash myself to turn emotional pain into controllable physical pain. It's not usually to kill myself, just to help cope with the pain of the past,” (Rebecca’s Story). Rebecca is an example of a young girl who was being abused by her parents and eventually kicked out of the house. She dealt with her troubles by giving herself physical pain and coping with the past. She later on meets volunteers who cared about her and was one of those who
With nearly 3.18 million people in the United States, there are 610.042 individuals who are homeless which calculates to about nearly one in five individuals (U.S. Census Bureau, 2014 and HUD/US, 2013). At any time situations can change that can render an individual’s homeless. There are no qualities that exempt individuals from the chances of becoming homeless. However, there are certain predispositions and characteristics that can predict the likelihood of becoming homeless. Homelessness can be contributed to a number of situations such as occupational stress, financial stress, mental health issues, substance use, gender, age, race, disabilities, incarceration, chronic illness, and family stress.
Troisi, C., & Grier, G. (2013, 19). Houston Coalition for the Homeless. Homeless in Houston: It’s Cold Out There. Retrieved March 19, 2014, from http://www.homelesshouston.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/06/2013-PIT-Lunch-Learn.pdf
Imagine living a life of not knowing where your next meal is coming. Sitting to yourself while other pass with not a flinch of a smile to look at you. Hoping that each night you are outside that it will not rain. Just waiting for someone to rescue you from your invisible home. Over 3.5 million people experience these thoughts to themselves every night, because they are homeless. To be homeless means to live without a home and in hence living on the streets.Homelessness can happen for a variety of different reasons. Although many people believe that they are not affected by homelessness or do not feel the need to help, it is good to be informed since it may not happen to us one person helping can make a big difference, and could even solve this
Homelessness has plays a huge part on a person’s physical and emotional health. Some of the homeless people might suffer from a cold and they can’t get rid of it because they can’t afford medicine. They can suffer from vitamin deficiencies. Get exposed to unsanitary living conditions, which can lead to leg ulcers and infections. They can illnesses like HIV/AIDS, and diabetes. They can develop drug and alcohol dependency. Homeless people realizes the he/she won’t have a home, is hard to believe. Reality makes homeless people less able to act when they suffer from psychologically as a
Homelessness is a huge problem throughout the United States. It is difficult to see how many people are homeless in communities across the nation. In Fort Morgan alone we have an unseen homeless population. Homeless people go without help because they are judged and looked down on regardless of their story. They go without their stories being told and being judged on a daily basis. Many times, the truth is, homeless people are not what people’s perceptions of them are.
Hopelessness. Disease. Fear, imagine a life with interruptions that some people face every single day. Are they depressed? These are some of the negative effects that people who don 't have houses face. Being outside all day on the streets is affected the homeless by involving them in many issues, which makes them hopeless. It makes them less interested in being active in their lives by working and having families. However, for some homeless who have been on the streets for a long time in Portland, it causes them to get into trouble issues such as crime involvement, health issues, and difficulties in reintegrating into a new life.
Did you know, In January 2014, there were 578,424 people experiencing homelessness? ( (National Alliance to End Homelessness) Homelessness is a big attribute to society, to eliminate the issue, of homeless people, there are many different problem solving techniques in which government and society can do to make a change to homelessness, despite the negative attributes. According to U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, “There are four federally defined categories under which individuals and families may qualify as homeless: 1) literally homeless; 2) imminent risk of homelessness; 3) homeless under other Federal statues; and 4) fleeing/attempting to flee domestic violence” (Castro).
Homelessness has been a world wide epidemic for a vast amount of time. With the rising numbers of people on the street every day, more people are affected by the lifestyle that leads to one being homeless. It has become a severely major issue in today’s society, one that has proven difficult to put an end too. Homelessness is caused by a varying degree of factors ranging from drug addictions and mental illness, to abuse. The homeless lifestyle is subjected too the lives of many, from children to adults, due to increased threats of danger, violence and crime. Living in such an advanced time, with an excess of resources, we should be able to provide the right solution for ending the world wide epidemic that is homelessness.
Homelessness is steadily becoming a crisis both here at home and in the world at large. It’s estimated that within well developed countries, homelessness is believed to have affected around 1% of city-centered populations. Homelessness doesn’t only affect the homeless themselves. The cost that this epidemic is putting on society is putting a large strain on judicial, social and healthcare resources. All this is further exacerbated by the fact that homeless populations are six to seven times more likely to suffer from alcoholic and drug addiction leading to even more strain on the healthcare system.
Millions of people go without a proper place to sleep or food to eat every night. A homeless person is an individual without permanent housing who may live on the streets; stay in a shelter, mission, single room occupancy facilities, abandoned building or vehicle, or any other unstable or non permanent situation (section 330 of Public Health Service Act (42 U.S.C.,254b). On one night in January of 2015, it was reported that 564,708 people were experiencing homelessness in the United States ( The State of Homelessness in America, 2016). Homelessness in the United States increased in the early 1980’s. Between 1980 and 1983, 140 billion in domestic spending was cut. HUD (Housing and Urban Development), unemployment,disability, food stamps, and
Homelessness is a problem virtually every society suffers from. There are many things that cause people to become homeless, such as unemployment, relationship problems, and being evicted from ones domicile either by a landlord, friend or even a family member. However, with every cause there must be an effect. Some of the effects of one becoming homeless, besides the obvious change of lifestyle, are various health problems which often times may lead to death.
Homelessness is an event where a person does not have permanent housing, meaning, that they are either sleeping outside, in a shelter, or in a housing program. A statistic states that report “On a single night in January 2015, 564,708 people were experiencing homelessness — meaning they were sleeping outside or in an emergency shelter or transitional housing program” (Batko). Half a million people in the United States had no place to call their home. Of these half a million people, 300,000 were families and 200,000 were individuals (Baram). This can happen due to many reasons. According to an article, the causes of homelessness are mental illnesses, losses of jobs, poverty, high housing prices, domestic violence, and substance abuse (“Homelessness
There are different things that happen to homelessness all over the world. According to the author, Bill Quigley, there are children and adults that are all by themselves. There are many individuals who are under the age of 18 years old. Many of them have the opportunity to go to public schools. Meanwhile, there are veterans and people who have mental illness that became homeless. A lot of their houses were either foreclosed or destroyed. Possibilities of getting rents for the poor are decreasing. Every single one of them struggle everyday to
Homelessness exists when people lack safe, stable and appropriate places to live. Sheltered and unsheltered people are homeless. People living doubled up or in overcrowded living situations or motels because of inadequate economic resources are included in this definition, as are those living in tents or other temporary enclosures. Individuals without homes often lack access to health care treatment (Kushel et al., 2001). Chronic health problems and inaccessibility to medical and dental care can increase school absences and limit employment opportunities. People without homes have higher rates of hospitalizations for physical illnesses, mental illness and substance abuse than other populations (Kushel et al., 2001; Salit, Kuhn, Hartz, Vu, &
More than 3.5 million people are homeless every night, and 1.35 million, almost half, are children. This is something that could possibly change with more awareness and education. Homelessness is a problem in society today that many communities suffer with. Homelessness is a condition where people lack access to housing. It is caused by several factors such as mental illness, drug abuse, physical or sexual abuse, or simply not having enough money. There are three trends that are mainly responsible for the rise in homelessness over the past 25 years: a growing shortage of affordable rental housing, a coinciding increase in poverty and an increase in mental illness.