Homelessness: A Social Problem In America

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Homelessness- A Social Problem in America Alexis Bushay Ashford University SOC 203 Social Problems Instructor: Dr. B September 13, 2013 Homelessness- A Social Problem in America Homelessness in America is a very real social problem that many American’s are faced with today. “ A social problem is defined as an issue produced by conditions in society that must be changed for the good of society. An issue must meet four criteria to be considered a social problem such as: (1) it must be part of a social pattern; (2) it must violate a core value of society; (3) it must negatively impact those in power; and (4) it must be socially created such that society can change it” (Korgen & Furst, pg 11, 2012). A more appropriate measure of the…show more content…
In 1987, the McKinney Homeless Act took the first steps by making it a federal law that there needed to be funding for the homeless. (Hicks-Coolick, Burnside-Eaton, & Peters, 2003). We need to look at the programs that are within our own communities and see what services we can extend to those that are in need of them, such as the homeless. Taking a look at offering job trainings along with financial programs to help keep those that are struggling on track is a gigantic leap towards helping those that do not have a place to call home. The help should not end there though. We need to keep track of those that have been helped and continue to give support as long as they need it, whether it is spiritually, emotionally, financially, or any other form of support that one would need to plant their feet back on the…show more content…
If we come together as a community and help others in need by providing training, offering help for those addicted to drugs and alcohol, and offering mental health services to those that need it, then we can combat the homelessness that is taking over the streets of America. References Carter, T. (1998). Review essay: Perspectives on homelessness--characteristics, causes and solutions. Housing Studies, 13(2), 275-281. Retrieved from http://search.proquest.com/docview/211449734?accountid=32521 Hicks-Coolick, A., Burnside-Eaton, P., & Peters, A. (2003). Homeless children: Needs and services. Child & Youth Care Forum, 32(4), 197-210. doi:http://dx.doi.org/10.1023/A:1024112015196 Korgen, K. & Furst, G. (2012). Social problems: Causes & responses. San Diego, CA: Bridgepoint Education, Inc. Leginski, W. (2007). Homelessness. Paper developed for the National Symposium on Homelessness Research held on March 1–2, 2007. Retrieved September 11, 2013, from http://aspe.hhs.gov/hsp/homelessness/symposium07/leginski/index.htm#What National Coalition for the Homeless. (2009). How many people experience homelessness? Retrieved September 11, 2013, from

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