The lack of choices, loneliness and isolation all add to their inability to go back on having a normal life in the future; they very often lose the will or ability to look after themselves. The effects of homelessness are of particular concern in the case of children. As Yvonne Rafferty states in her essay Developmental and Educational Consequences of Homelessness on Children and Youth “Of particular concern are hunger and poor nutrition, increased health problems and inadequate health care, developmental delays, psychological problems and educational underachievement.” Poverty and anxiety leads homeless youth to turn to crime, expose them to abuse and therefore make them seek protection of drug
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.
There are many people who are homeless in the United States. They have had it very rough in life because they don’t have the same advantages as the middle class. The homeless have to make some difficult decisions in order to keep their family safe and living. Homelessness affects their health by diseases and mentally by trauma. Homelessness affects families and their way of life.
Courtney Miller Introduction to Sociology (Soc-210-0007) Understanding Homelessness To be homeless is to be living in shelters or on the streets. The causes for people to become homeless, is a mixture of reason that leads to being homelessness for an individual. Homelessness can be for any one, young, old, and families due to limited assistance and personal choices. This effect are communities, businesses, other people and the homeless themselves. Here are some of the effects of homelessness are health, personal, families, and abuse.
In particular cases, certain people with mental issues cannot or will not willingly be institutionalized, and since they have difficulty getting jobs, they live on the streets, panhandling and collection recyclable materials to make money. These are the main causes of homelessness and only scratch the surface of why homelessness exists and who it happens too. It is reasonable to suggest that being homeless isn’t usually voluntary. While there are instances where people purposefully live without a home, most are forced to live that way. Being Douglas 3 homeless is not glamorous, these people are forced to live with whatever belongings they can carry with them, however old or tattered those possessions might be.
Many people find themselves in a predicament when they are living with a partner and the two decide to go their separate ways. Some people may not be able afford the cost of living on just their income alone, so when two people terminate a relationship where one depends on the other, both are often left homeless for a period of time. Unemployment is another major cause of people becoming homeless. When people lose their jobs and fail to find another within a reasonable amount of time, they will not be able to pay their rent or mortgage on time or even at all, causing them to look else where for shelter. Many people are not fortunate enough to have a family member that is willing, or capable, of taking them in and supporting them.
Many issues affect the homeless besides the obvious lack of housing. There are many different theories about why people become homeless and whether some of their issues cause homelessness or are the result of it. Some generally accepted causes for homelessness are; the breakdown of the family, lack of sufficient income and lack of affordable housing. Other issues the homeless struggle with may or may not have precipitated their homelessness like substance or alcohol abuse or mental illness. In addition, many homeless suffer from physical disease.
There are several causes of this problem like living in poverty as poor people cannot pay for the everyday items they need to live like food, education, the rent so they end up in the streets. Another reason for homelessness is violence. There is a direct connection between it and homelessness; As some people like old ones or women could get subjected to different types of abuse. Physical, sexual or psychological abuse. So when they get abused ,they face the choice of leaving or staying and get abused so when they leave they have nowhere to go so they end up homeless.
This does not automatically follow logically. Individuals with severe mental illness soften most times with homelessness because of their inability to accomplish daily tasks and earn money. Mental illness is serious and severe and can have a domino effect on one’s life and those surrounding the individual. The hand in hand relationship that homelessness shares with mental illnesses is disturbing. One of the many mental disorders that can lead to homelessness is Schizophrenia.
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.