Introduction To Human Services: No Place To Call Home

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No Place to call Home Tess Strickland BSHS 301 Introduction to Human Services October 6, 2011 Tanya Muirbrook No Place to call Home As the street lights came on Casey told her two children it was time to get ready for bed. The kids climbed into the back seat of Casey’s car and crawled into their sleeping bags. “Read us a story Mom”, they pleaded. She knew this would help them to fall asleep, she could see how tired they already were so she began reading from their favorite book. But her mind wandered as she read, thinking of how early they had to rise to get to school on time, wondering what they would eat for breakfast, and wondering how much longer they could live like this. Casey and her two children had been homeless for almost…show more content…
According to the Homeless Resource Network (2007) some of the current reasons for homelessness are loss of jobs, declines in public assistance, post traumatic stress disorder (many veterans are homeless because of this), domestic violence, drug and alcohol problems, mental illness, and lack of affordable housing. Some people struggle with a few of these issues, some struggle with a combination or some even struggle with all of them. Let’s look into some of these issues further. The National Coalition for the Homeless published a fact sheet in August 2007 stating that lack of employment opportunities and a decline in public assistance are major contributors of homelessness. Declining wages have put affordable housing out of reach for many. As bad as it is for the 13% of homeless people (NCH 2007) who have jobs and can't escape homelessness, climbing out of homelessness is virtually impossible for those without a job. Many homeless people cannot find jobs due to not having an address or a contact number. They are turned down at interviews because of their unclean appearances because they cannot shower or clean their clothing. Although the wages seem to be increasing the amount of time in which the minimum wage did not keep up with the cost of living was lengthy and the economy is still struggling to catch up. Today many families are faced with…show more content…
Each of the populations mentioned need intervention of some sort to rise above their struggles. It is often difficult for these people to reach out for help but as I researched this topic I found there is so much help out there. In every city across America there are volunteer organizations who offer shelter, food, clothing; the basic essentials every human needs. There are hundreds of non-profit organizations such as The National Coalition for the Homeless, The National Alliance to End Homelessness, The Fanny Mae Help the Homeless Programs, and numerous rescue missions and food banks. I also discovered those in the Human Service field must continually educate themselves on the current programs available, strategies which offer the greatest success and new avenues to follow to ensure they can provide the best services to their

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