Homelessness Among The Homeless

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Homelessness among the aging population is a significant problem in the United States. Not only is it a problem for older people who are homeless, but it also puts as strain on social agencies and the community in general. Homelessness has been shown to lead to other problems such as increased risk for disease, violence, and early death. This paper will explore the underlying values that make society view homelessness as a social problem, its effect on the persons with the problem, and on their family and community as well as ways that community and government organizations are attempting to combat the problem of homelessness amongst older adults.
Although the amount of homeless people has declined slightly in recent years, in 2012, there were approximately 633, 782 homeless people in the United States (Toppo, 2013). The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development assert that out of this population, about 38% are considered “unsheltered” or living on the streets, in parks, encampments, or other places not intended for habitation (U.S Department of Housing and Urban Development, ...

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