The Effects Of Homelessness On The Homeless Population

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Homelessness can be defined as a person or family that does not have a fixed, acceptable place to reside or lives in a place that was not meant for human habitation, such as living on the streets or in a car (HUD, 2014). Homelessness does not discriminate due to age, sex or race. The homeless population consists of single adults, families with children, teenagers, and the elderly. While although each have specific needs one issue they have in common is the lack of a stable place to live. Characteristics of the homeless can be very diverse and differ from one community to the next. Although single adults make up the largest portion of the homeless families among the homeless are growing rapidly. Minorities typically make up a larger portion of the homeless in bigger cities. A small portion of the homeless is employed and employment ranging from part-time to full-time or sporadically. Those that are employed will often perform unskilled labor that lacks health insurance and job security. The lack of income has a direct effect on maintaining a place to live which is why many became homeless in the first place (IOM, 1998). There will always be some controversy surrounding the challenge of counting the actual number of homeless when they do not have a fixed residence. In 2014, there were approximately 1900 homeless people in Jackson County. Over 400 were under 18 years of age and over 250 were veterans, however the numbers are probably higher due to lack of reach for the survey (KCMO, 2016). The homeless youth consists of runaways and throwaways. They experience many of the same issues as homeless adults with the expectation that they are still developing physically and psychologically. Their needs range from health care,... ... middle of paper ... ...ement of families with children, the youth, and veterans. The Homeless Service Coalition receives funding from the Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and through donations. You can find more information on their website Heroes Home Gate (Footprint, 2016), a shelter for homeless veterans, is located at 4501 Troost Ave, Kansas City, MO 64110, 816-561-0567. The founder of this shelter was a veteran himself, which drove his passion to establish an emergency shelter for homeless veterans. Heroes Home Gate is funded through private donations and the Veteran’s Administration Homeless Providers Grant as funding allows. This grant provides funds to community organizations such as Heros Home Gate that provide services for homeless Veterans. You can find more information on their website

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