Although homelessness might be a choice to some, no one knows the hardships these people have gone through. Some assume these people are just lazy but in reality a lot of these homeless people have jobs of their own, they just can’t afford housing and a decent life. Everyone has their own opinion on homeless people, but that does not change the fact that one should still serve the homeless. Not because homeless people need help but because we are
Homelessness is a global problem that leaves many of us asking questions as to why this trouble exists and how can we fix this problem that affects hundreds of thousands of people. The majority of the public may have many different ways in envisioning homelessness and how it affects people, economies, and humanities, sociologists can view this problem in a few different ways. I have never experienced being homeless, but have seen many individuals on the streets beg for food or money. Some may just need a helping hand; others may have been alcoholics or drug users. Most homeless people have made some critical mistakes in their lives and need help.
Homelessness in the U.S is caused by mental illness and is a result of a lack of government services and in this case homelessness will not terminate without the support services to help the people in need. “The persisting spectacle of homeless people on American streets is a continuing indictment of our collective failure to make the basic ingredients of civilized society accessible to all citizens.” (William R. Breakey, MD, Psychiatrist Health Care for the Homeless.) Many things contribute to the resulting number of homeless people, however the main reasons for homelessness are unemployment, low income,... ... middle of paper ... ... 129.6 Million plastic bottles per day which is 47.3 Billion plastic bottles per year. About 80% of those plastic bottles end up in a landfill!” The plastic bottles would be filled up with sand and molded together with mud or cement. These houses would be bullet proof, fire proof, and would maintain a comfortable indoor temperature of 64 degrees in the summer time.
In an article by the Washington Spectator, ideas are shown that the lack of jobs, affordable housing and services for the mentally ill have left society’s poorest members with no place to go (Washington Spectator).The homeless have been ignored by the growing number of Americans who are beneficiaries of the booming economy and who tend to view drifters on the street with disgust or indifference. Homelessness today has now become worse than the Depression. All factors lead to 730,000 people in the U.S. that have no job and a lack of income to support themselves or their families. With many looking for new opportunities who are we as people to prevent them and scrutinize them as humans while they are looking to better themselves. An opposing point of view states that homeless advocates have exaggerated the severity of homelessness.
Last, there is the ever- growing homeless population, and how much money it costs us for others to live in poverty. These are the questions we ask ourselves about homelessness, and the only way we can help is to know the facts about this lingering subject. The biggest reason people are homeless is simply because of poverty. They just can't afford to have a place to live and food in their mouths. As of 2000, 11.3% of the US population lived in poverty.
Imagine if you were homeless, living everyday on the streets, having to go through constant judgments and listening to criticizing comments everyday like pressure or rejection. It is hard getting a job, especially in these times, in a world with the "You need money to get money" philosophy. Applying for jobs, yet the employer won't hire you because of your appearance. They need to get clean clothes, but they do not have money. They need money but they do not have a job.
Employers may be reluctant to hire the homeless due to their bad reputation. Barbers may not want to work for free. Restaurants may not have the time to donate their wasted food. These are the problems the homeless face, a lack of help. People often choose to ignore the homeless because it has nothing to do with their personal lives.
This fact shows that people tend to become homeless out of unavoidable situations. There are people who do have work but they earn too little to pay for monthly payments bills like electricity, cell phone bills, water, car payments, and etc. If a person loses his job, then they obviously have no way to pay for anything at all. The homelessness is a growing issue and it needs help and action. This can be accomplished by building affordable housing units to low income people and helping drug addicts overcome their addictions and giving people with mental illnesses affordable healthcare.
Homelessness Homelessness as an issue in today's society is largely ignored. To many, the problem of homelessness is invisible or barely noticed. When these people do see the homeless it is found in the form of beggars who need to “pull themselves up by their bootstraps” or mentally ill people who “just can't help themselves”. In either case the central point remains; the homeless must be people who are incapable or unwilling to help themselves. After all, wouldn't they stop being homeless if they just tried?
Homelessness and poverty are closely linked. Poor people commonly are unable to pay for housing, food, child care, health care, and education. Choices must be mad when only their income covers some of these necessities. Poor employment opportunities for a large number of the work force increases poverty. Falling incomes and less secure jobs which offer fewer benefits leads to additional financial strain on already financially burdened people.