You can see many homeless people everywhere in America. The most recently available national data on homelessness states: “There are 633,782 people were experiencing homelessness in January 2012” (The State of Homelessness in America 2013). It means about 20 homeless people per 10,000 people in general population. A majority of persons identified as homeless were staying in emergency shelters or transitional housing, but 38% were unsheltered. According surveys, I think high unemployment rate and low employment rate, mental illness and domestic violence can cause people becoming homeless in America.
For example, in 2012 more than 40% were not in education, employment or training. 68% of homelessness organisations said there was not enough youth-specific emergency accommodation, while 43% of local authorities reported placing young people in unsuitable B&B accommodation, as well as 6 in 10 homelessness organisations being unable to support a young person due to limited capacity. Homelessness is not only a housing problem. There are lots of reasons why a young person could become homeless. More than half of young people become homeless because of a relationship breakdown, mainly with their parents.
Where the homeless reside is solely determined by them and wherever they wish to stop their journey. “ The “new” homeless could be seen sleeping in doorways, in cardboard boxes, in abandoned cars, or resting in railroad bus stations or in other public places, indications of a resurgent homelessness to which hardly anyone could remain oblivious. Some of the homeless also behaved in bizarre ways, muttering, shouting, panhandling, carrying bulky packages, or pushing supermarket carts filled with junk and old clothes. The immediate impression was that there were persons in our society who had no shelter and who therefore lived and relied literally on the streets”. Due to the fact that homeless individuals don’t own many valuables, what they do own they must carry around and keep on the street somewhere where it is safe.
Los Angeles has the highest number of homeless people in the United States, estimated at 73,000 in 2008. Somewhere between five and 10 percent of them are living in vehicles. Homelessness has become a big problem in the society that we live in. To reduce this problem we can give the homeless people another chance to get back on there feet. It may be there fault that there homeless but in this world we help the people that are unfortunate.
Analysis: Homelessness HUS4561 Social Problems and Policy Simona Jones-Bain November 17, 2012 St. Petersburg College Analysis: Homelessness Social Problem: Homelessness in Pinellas County Statistics. Homelessness has been a social problem worldwide for decades; however, the homelessness in Pinellas County has been an ever growing concern for city leaders. In 2011 the homeless population in Pinellas County was nearing about 8,000 (Point in time [PIT], 2011). This number includes homeless persons who were sheltered, unsheltered, from school data, and law enforcement (PIT, 2011). In 2009, the homeless population was 6,300(Pinellas County Health and Human Services [PCHHS, 2012).
I feel that it is important that we, the people, should address the current issue about homelessness in America. How can we deal with the hundreds of thousands of homeless people who block sidewalks and disturb us by begging for money. Here’s a scenario you’re walking down the street when you see a homeless person on the sidewalk, holding a cup, so that people passing him can give him some change. You know that you have change in your packet from earlier, the big question is would you give it to them or what. This scenario has you thinking really hard should I give up my money or should I say no I don’t have it.
This is one of the main reasons that we don’t know a true number of the “homeless children” in this state. The parents are afraid if they ask for help they will lose their children. Just a few of the statistics given, “the number of children living in poverty has increased from 14 million to 16 million” (Watson, 2011). Alone in Michigan in the “2010-2011 school year, more than 31,000 homeless students attend school—8,500 more than in the previous school year, a 37 percent spike” (Seidel, 2011). Most figures you can find don’t even count the number of families that have doubled up living
Homeless and Lower Class America Karena Jamerson BSHS 302 June 18, 2012 Professor Teresa Levesque Abstract Homelessness is a condition that has inundated this nation since its establishment. “For as long as there have been established residential settlements, there have been those within the population who have either by choice or life circumstances been homeless” (Martin p.170). There have been many efforts by the United States (US) government to eradicate or minimize this population, yet it still remains a prominent issue in the US. Even though economics is the root cause, there are still many factors of homelessness. This article will look back at the history of homelessness, the issues surrounding homelessness, what demographic
Housing assistance can make the difference between stable housing, precarious housing, or no housing at all. However, the demand for assisted housing clearly exceeds the supply; only about one third of poor renter households receive a housing subsidy from the federal, state, or a local government. Another cause, is domestic violence, battered women who live in poverty are often forced to choose between abusive relationships and homelessness. Approximately 63% of homeless women have experienced domestic violence in their adult lives. The most apparent cause is addiction, alcohol and drug abuse statistics are disproportionately high among the homeless population.