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.
In fact, between 600,000 and 760,000 people are homeless every night (Hurley 31),and 1.3 million people are homeless at some point each year (“Impact of Homelessness on Children” 1). Unfortunately, homeless people are forced to live on the streets, in abandoned premises or find overnight community shelters. Still a vast majority of the homeless community don’t have a roof over their head. People become homeless because of multiple reasons such as war and natural disasters. Some may have had abusive partners, been divorce or suffered a loss of their spouse.
“Homelessness is a symptom of systemic poverty” (http://www.kansascity.com/ ). As one of our country's major social problems, homelessness is often in the news (http://www.ebooks.com/ ). Many seek shelters for the first time. The Homeless Coalition of Greater Kansas City reports that on any given night as many as 3,000 adults are homeless and more than 7,500 children are homeless on these Kansas City streets. Since 2011 more than 7% people who live in the state of Kansas City has become homeless.
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.
Every year, homeless population is increasing. 3.5 million People experience homelessness in a year (“Hunger and Homelessness” 1). Most of the homeless are family and children (“Top Causes of Homelessness in America” 1).In the homeless population, 35% of populations are children and children homelessness is increasing the most. One fourth of the children are under 18.
The forces, which affect homelessness, are multifaceted. Social forces such as family breakdown, addictions, and mental illnesses are in combined with structural forces such as lack of low-cost housing, insufficient health services, and poor economic conditions. Many would never know that our veteran population makes up a huge number of out homeless population. The focus of this paper is to provide an in depth review of literature, review of group interventions, and a critique of the current group interventions. Review of Literature of Homeless Population Today in the United States homelessness is affecting approximately 1.5 million Americans each year (Brown, Thomas, Cutler, & Hinderlie, 2013).
Ever drove or walked pass a homeless shelter and wondered how so many people got there? According to the American Aid Foundation, “Seven out of 10 Americans are one paycheck away from being homeless.” Getting a paycheck every two weeks does not mean a person cannot become homeless. Many would think only drug abuse and being poor are the reasons for homeless. There are many other ways to become homeless and for some people it becomes permanent. Many people that are homeless are single with kind, had/have welfare and do not have much work experience.
They are the children who ran away from abusive households. They are veterans with and without disabilities. The homeless people of America are very diverse from all walks of life, no one is safe from being homeless as it affects the elderly, young adults, teenagers, and even babies. According to studentsagainsthunger.org, every year more than 3.5 million people experience homelessness and 35% of the homeless population are people with children. Though the homelessness can hit anyone, there are groups that are becoming homeless at a faster rate than anyone else and that is families with children.
Since reported on any given night here in the metro more than 3,000 adults and 7,500 kids are homeless in our area. We are not sure why the rate has risen so much over the years. “Maybe because the declining economy is almost certain for the external event most commonly said to make people homeless” (Shumoky, Neil Larry). Many people who are homeless are, victims of domestic violence, after deciding to leave an abusive relationship, they often have nowhere to go for those who have few resource. Also, Lack of money needed for housing and having to wait on a list for assisted housing means they have to chose between staying with an abuser or living on the street with their kids.
25 % of all homeless people have a mental illness, this means they are not fit to live independently, and instead of getting help from the government, they wander the streets and a lot of the time find closure in using illicit drugs or becoming alcoholics. 68% of people suffering from homelessness is addicted to drugs and/or alcohol.the leading causes of homelessness in america is Political, mental and economical reasons.WIth the economy down many Americans are unemployed and can barely sustain a life, and with all the layoffs and job cuts many families are put under terrible circumstances. Even people with good jobs can find themselves in debt from high mortgages, in recent years the rate of foreclosure rose 32%, and studies show that 10% of people looking for shelter in homeless shelters are doing so because of foreclosure. Homelessness is a cycle, once they get that low it is very hard to get themselves back