It is a terrible situation to be in when it is happening to students. Sometimes it is hard to spot out these kids who are struggling. There is not much research done on homelessness based on where one would go when it first happens but these young people are doing what they can for themselves to survive. There are signs that students may be homeless but most do not bring up the issue because they are ashamed of what they have to go through. Research is always done about the numbers and statistics of homeless students and there are some methods to escape the streets but the number still continues to grow.
http://www.usmayors.org/hhsurvey2007/hhsurvey07.pdf> Kabler, Brenda, and Elana Weinstein. "The State of Homeless Children in the United States." Nasponline.org. NASP Communiqué, Dec. 2009. Web.
Homelessness is when a person is living on the streets, in a shelter or has no permanent address. Some factors leading up to mental disorder in relation to homelessness are job loss and no income to pay rent. Disabled people may be unable to work or find appropriate employment. There’s also a struggle for disabled people to obtain and maintain stable housing. Severe depression is another contributing factor leading up to mental disorder because individuals are unable to maintain a stable life.
Poverty, lack of jobs or well-paying jobs, decline in Social services, domestic violence, and mental illness. There are many effects of homelessness on individuals. The first effects of homelessness of healthy people often encounter a lot of health gets worse from time to time because they lack attention of people such as doctors, a second effects of homelessness of personal at the time when a homeless person realizes that he/she won’t have a roof to live under forever. It is this fact of not dealing with reality that makes homeless people less able to take action, but they suffer psychologically as a result. Loss of self-esteem, loss of ability and will to care for oneself, increased danger of abuse and violence and the development of behavioral
Many circumstances lead to a person becoming homeless including drug and alcohol abuse, the government, and mental illness. Drug and alcohol abuse lead to homelessness and mental illness; it is endangering the individuals of the United States as well as other countries. Seventeen percent of the homeless population had a history of substance abuse including hard drugs and alcohol (Burt 5). When people take drugs they cannot think straight and they end up making the choices that are not the ones that they should’ve chosen; therefore, causing them to become homeless because they don’t have a job that they can keep on a regular basis. Taking out the time and money to go to a hospital to get help is something that a homeless person will not do on their own.
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.
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). Homelessness affects society in a variety of ways making it a social issue. It causes economic downturn, increases poverty, and also causes family dysfunction. Since January of 2002 the homelessness rate has increased 69 percent. There are more than 52,400 homeless individuals that sleep in a homeless shelter in New York City, and thousands that are sleeping on the street and in trains.
Families that are homeless it can have an effect on the children emotional and mentally and can cause them to low self-esteem. People don’t understand the effects of homeless families or how they feel. Most families have nowhere else to go or are too ashamed to live with other relatives. Homeless families sometimes become separated because some kids are sent to foster care or there are a certain requirements for that shelter. Some people who are homeless have long-term issues like mental illness, drug addiction, and alcoholism, homeless people that have these addictions does not have health insurance and this could be a major if they become seriously ill.
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.