Since so much of their money goes to drugs, most drug addicts can't overcome being homeless once they have been for more than 6 months. (1) Mental illness is also a big issue causing homelessness. Approximately 22% of single white male homeless people are suffering from a severe mental illness. (1) The main reason is because Millions of mental patients were dis-institutionalized in the 50's and 60's, and affordable housing wasn't an issue until the 80's, when many of them were reaching 50 and couldn't work and afford housing. L... ... middle of paper ... ... are seen and treated in our society.
Homelessness In America Who exactly is a homeless person? A homeless person is someone without permanent housing who could be living in the streets; or be staying in a shelter; abounded vehicle or building. There are more than 600,000 people in the United States which are homeless on a given night according to the government. There is exactly 610,042 homeless people in the United States. Who exactly are the homeless?
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. 1). However, there is a new meaning to homeless today. This paper will show what is considered as homelessness and why many people become homeless. All people that are homeless do not live on the streets.
Homelessness is a very serious issue, not just in our nation, but also across the world. Many people think those that are homeless are criminals or druggies. Of course some people went homeless for such reasons; however, homeless people can also be the most caring, gentle, and loving people you’ll ever meet. As a country, we should come together to take care of those who are homeless. Homelessness is defined, as “the lack of residential shelter or the prevalence of that lack within a population”, by author Joseph M. Palmisano.
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 ...
Many believe that a common thread among the homeless is a lack of permanent and stable housing. But beyond that, the factors leading to homelessness and the services that are needed are unique according to the individual. To put them into one general category ? the homeless- suggests that people are homeless for similar reasons and therefore a single solution is the answer. Every homeless person shares the basic needs of affordable housing, adequate incomes and attainable healthcare.
The number of homeless people in the United States has been an arguable issue for a while. Advocates for the homeless claim that there are several million homeless people; however, recent studies suggest that the homeless number from 600,000 to 700,000. Exact numbers are impossible to collect because researchers define homelessness in different ways and because the homeless are transitory. The number of people predicted to become homeless in any given year is estimated to be three to five times the number of people who are homeless at any given moment. The US Census Bureau attempted to count homeless people in the 1990 census.
(Hunger and Homelessness in North America) By definition, the homeless are groups of people that do not have a home. They can be people who are mentally ill, unemployed, veterans, or even children born into unfortunate families. Since they have nowhere to go, the homeless usually live inside abandoned buildings, in the streets, or in makeshift homes, such as a cardboard box or homemade tent. Although some work to find a decent home, many still suffer from depression or are psychically disabled and cannot work. (Overview of Homelessness in America) These people do not choose to be homeless, instead they become homeless due to a series of unfortunate events; namely losing their source of income or becoming homeless by birth.
No one really found a way to end homelessness. A lot of homelessness come from drugs, people who ran away from their homes,lost jobs,education,veterans, changing in housing markets,people with illness and ethnic. All homeless people have different reasons and stories to how they are homeless not all homeless people are going through homelessness for the same thing as people think they are (Burt 16). Over 670,000 americans are homeless , 48 million are hungry every single night and 462 million live in poverty. Homelessness has increased more in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina.
“Homelessness is usually the result of the cumulative impact of a number of factors, rather than a single cause … structural factors, systems failure and individual circumstances,” states The Homeless Hub a research site about the homeless in its essay The Causes of Homelessness. Poverty is closely linked to homelessness and the giving of important factors include the individual’s inability to get affordable housing, food or healthcare. The individual can also be a victim of judgment that can prevent his access to employment, housing, justice and social welfare. Systems failures