The reasons and consequences of homelessness to an individual, and to the community, are widespread. In 2014, a census by the Homeless and Housing Coalition of Onondaga County determined that 851 people were homeless in Onondaga County; that is, “Having no home or permanent place of residence” (“homeless”). Several conditions lead to homelessness; some are caused by uncontrolled events, while others are self-inflicted. More often than not, being homeless is not a choice. Most people would love to have a residency to call their own, however, life can be challenging, therefore, making that impossible.
They cannot pay for housing right then because they have fallen short on their housing bills. The amount of time they are homeless varies from several days to perhaps a month. They are able to correct their situation on their own, without assistance. Most people who become homeless fit into this category. The National Low Income Housing Coalition stat... ... middle of paper ...
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. Homelessness is the condition of people without a regular home has increased since 1970 (Mizrahi, Davis 2008).
The cost of health care and insurance has risen dramatically over the past years. For families living low or middle incomes that can be devastating. Families or individuals that lack health insurance, a sudden illness, chronic disease or accident can be financially devastating. Many people don’t understand the problems homeless families are facing and most families are homeless because of finical situations or because they don’t have enough money to afford food. Families that are homeless it can have an effect on the children emotional and mentally and can cause them to low self-esteem.
Also, more than one-fourth of those who had health insurance at their old jobs don't have it at their new ones. This makes it almost impossible to stay above the poverty line when a medical illness strikes the family. In 1997, thirty percent of workers were employed in non-standard work arrangements ("HomelessnessÉ"). These consist of independent contracting, working for temporary help agencies, day labor and regular part-time employment. This type of work typically offers lower wages, fewer benefits and less job security.
Poor people make up the overwhelming majority of those behind bars as 53% of those in prison earned less than $10,000 per year before incarceration. At the end of the day poverty is a major cause of social tensions, which can divide a nation because of these issues.
Overall estimates for Europe as a whole and the USA are each in excess of 3 million people” (An SOS). With these numbers, one can tell that homelessness is obviously an issue if that many people are experiencing poor health and short lives. Not only are homeless people unhealthy because they cannot afford medicine and other things that help their health, but they also face personal dangers while living on the streets. One article discusses some of these dangers homeless people face: “They are more than ten times likely to be robbed than those who have a home” (O’Toole). Homeless people own very minimal belongings, if any, and these statistics show how the small amount of things they might have are often stolen.
Stigma and seroconversion are a few familiar words that come to mind when dealing with HIV/AIDS. These are a few processes that people go through when they are indentified as being HIV positive. This is when their life on whole comes into contrast. This is so because people often take things like sex for granted and it is because of this some can’t live a healthy lifestyle. Just imagine finding out that you are positive.
Many times you will find that the people who take advantage of food banks are not the ones who would benefit the most from it. Homeless youth tend to feel embarrassed and ashamed to have to rely on food banks. They may believe there is a stigma attached to being homeless and using food banks, hence they avoid it altogether (Jovanovic, Lecture 9). This may also be the reason that they avoid using any health care services that are available to them. Having to deal with health issues, stress in dealing with instability and not being able to predict what the future holds for you, many youth develop mental illnesses.
However, some jobs are domestic labour on street children. The final cause is healthy. Homeless people suffer malnourished because they cannot buy the food to eating. Furthermore, most street children have not been vaccinated at all. They usually cannot afford to doctors or medicines.