Cities often find themselves unable to sustain the shelter needs of the homeless population, primarily due to financial constraints. City management tries to implement policies best for traditional and homeless residents, but it is difficult to achieve a mix that accommodates both. Cities usually offer some form of shelters. However, availabilities are temporary and not guaranteed. Often city policies are against loitering, panhandling, sleeping in public or in cars.
Clearly homelessness is a problem in America. The statistics show more and more people are sleeping in shelters or on the streets. Is homelessness a problem or the effect of another problem? Some might argue that there will always be homeless people because it is the result of the human condition and biases we have in our society. On the other hand, some would disagree and argue that the cause of homelessness is because the economy is bad.
There are an estimated 1.6 to 2.8 million homeless youth between the ages of 12 and 24 in the United States. Most youth homelessness is caused by abuse, neglect, and family conflict, deficient school systems that perpetuate illiteracy, joblessness, and addiction, lack of government housing and lack of affordable housing. These are not the only reasons why people are homeless, but they are the most obvious ones. Homelessness is viewed as a sociological problem, meaning that it is an issue that the society has to deal with by developing some kind of social institution and set of social practices like allocation of resources, and the allocation of status. It is understood that life is rough and sometimes things do not work out, but this country
May 9, 2013 English 101 Homelessness: Choice or Circumstances? There are an estimated 650,000 homeless people in the United States, and this number has been steadily increasing since 2009. There is no question to the fact that homelessness takes up a startling percentage of the 313.9 million people that take up the United States of America. The main question is: how many of these individuals are homeless by choice, and how many of them are victims of unforeseen tragedies that are out of their control and therefore forced into homelessness with no other options? The two essays: “Homeless Man Interviews Himself” by Albert Bliss and “Untouchables” by Kozal discuss these two very different viewpoints on the subject of homelessness.
The community complains that drugs and alcohol are prevalence in these homes. Homeless shelters have been argued to have a negative effect on businesses because pedestrians are stopped outside their stores by homeless people begging for money. Neighborhoods, as well as schools, argue that homeless shelters bring in bad elements to their surroundings. Drugs and alcohol also tend to surround homeless shelters. Shelters are just a temporary fix to an ongoing problem.
Running Head: Homelessness Homelessness Porsha Taylor GE265 Wed Mornings Homelessness Homelessness is extreme poverty in U.S society. My opinion is that our society sees it from a Moral Relativism point, which I believe it shouldn’t be seen from. I identify myself as Moral Pluralism. On any given night in America, anywhere from 700,000 to 2 million people are homeless, according to estimates of the National Law Center on Homelessness and Poverty. A count in January, 2007, found 745 homeless people in Lucas County, with 200 of those classified as "chronically" homeless, according to HUD data.
Structural factors: Our infrastructure has not succeeded in supporting the most susceptible in our society. Among structural factors the major cause of homelessness is high housing costs and lack of affordable housing. Other causes are increased poverty, rising unemployment, social exclusion, and harmful effects of de-institutionalization. Individual factors: Among individual factors, homelessness is commonly caused by a crisis in one’s life. This crisis could be leaving the parental home after arguments, marital or relationship breakdown, widowhood, leaving care, Leaving prison, a sharp deterioration of mental health, increased drug or alcohol misuse, a financial crisis or mounting debts or Eviction.
ARGUMENTATION-PERSUAISON ESSAY “HOMELESS IN AMERICA” CHRIS RIECH SOUTH UNIVERSITY ONLINE “HOMELESS IN AMERICA” The reason people are homeless in America today is due to the lack of support from out government. Economic problems such as being laid off work or the rise in the cost of housing have lead people to live on the streets. They have no family to help them and they are left with no other choice. People with mental illnesses and addictions also become homeless quite often. A lack of affordable housing has contributed to homelessness.
Episodic homelessness refers to persons that have recurring housing problems. And, chronic homelessness is when a person is without a permanent residence for more than one year. One of the problems with homelessness is that it’s numbers have been increasing ever year. For example, in the report “State of Homelessness in America 2011” it reveals the number of homeless people in 2008 was 636,324, and the number in 2009 was 656,129, that is an increase of 20,000 people (3 percent increase) in just one year. One of the effects that
Running Head: Homelessness and Mental Illness Homelessness and Mental Illness August 6, 2010 Abstract There are well over a million homeless people in Western Europe and North America, but reliable estimates of the prevalence of major mental disorders among this population are lacking. The solutions needed are likely to vary considerably by type of disorder, despite commonalities in some of the serious consequences such as victimization, criminality, suicide, and death from other causes. Homelessness among people living with psychotic disorders, for instance, is often linked to deinstitutionalization in Western countries, although the analysis of the apparent failure of community care does not support a causal role (Leff, 2004).