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.
In the book, A Son of the Forest, William Apess tells of the abuse he had to endure from his grandmother. He was physically beaten, given practically nothing to cover his body, and hardly any food to eat. He blames his abuse on alcohol because the beatings took place while his grandmother was intoxicated(Apess 5). In both stories, alcohol abuse by Indians was brought up. In the story by Apess, he talks of his grandmother drinking herself in obliteration on a daily basis.
Vulnerable populations are experiencing extreme poverty and are at risk for poor health both mentally and physically. (Aday,2001; Sebastian,1996). Families with children have become the swiftest rising area of the homeless population. Homeless families are mainly a mother and children. Recent government estimates indicate that on most nights at least 68,000 to 100,000 are without a home and an additional 186,000 may be living with family causing overcrowded living situations.
The figure is between 10,000 and 12,000 found homeless in Denmark. They prey on each other as well as people passing by who they manage to steal from. Since they have no family or relatives and no hope for the future, they are living each day as if it were the last, causing them to become outlaws, which as a result is a threat to the security of the community we live in. Most homeless people have become accustomed to life on the street. Some homeless people are staying in residential institutions but they do not get much sleep when they must share space with ten to twenty others.
The character Jamal reminds me of someone who is hard or tough. He has to deal with his mother not being able to look at him. He reminds her of his father who beat her and left the family. Another example of Jamal being tough is that his friends want him to do drug deals for him. After a while of holding drugs for his friends, he told his friends it wasn’t worth it and so he stopped.
But research has proven that severe distress and psychosis are much more common among the homeless than in the general population (Schutt and Goldfinger148). Take for example Joe, a 31-year-old homeless man, facing a lifelong illness of epilepsy. He was unable to secure a driver’s license and proper identification to secure a job in construction. And Bill, a weather-beaten military man, 56, facing a longtime battle of mental illness, depression and addiction (George A11). These are just some of the faces of the homeless.
(That's more than the population of Philadelphia.) The National Coalition for the Homeless defines homeless youth as individuals under the age of 18 who lack parental, foster, or institutional care. One out of every 3 homeless people is under the age of 18. Approximately half of all runaways were physically abused before fleeing home. The majority of homeless and runaway youth are between the ages of 15 and 17, however three out of 100 runaways are under the age of 10, and 11 out of 100 are between the ages of 11 and 13.
He is socially inept, awkward with people and has a set of ideals by which he lives which indicates that he is suffering from depression. Holden is suffering from a mental disorder which is caused by the death of his brother Allie of which he has not allowed himself to grief properly. In Chapter 5 Holden talks about his brother Allie and what he did after he died. He says “I was only 13 and they were going to have me psychoanalyzed and all, because I broke all the windows in the garage”. Holden narrates that he smashed windows of the garage and cars, and he literally lost it.
With the lack of programs I was more prone to the bad influences that many teens face. “Four-in-ten teens who do not attend after-school programs say it is because they simply are not interested in what is being offered…”(www.news.youthlearn.org). The main reason that there are not enough programs is due to the lack of adults that want to donate their time to supervise or lead the teens. Not only are they not available in school settings, but they are not available to open a teen recreation center. With the lack of adult involvement, children between the ages of ten and twelve are battling parents to stay home unsupervised.
According surveys, I think high unemployment rate and low employment rate, mental illness and domestic violence can cause people becoming homeless in America. Poverty is closely linked to homeless. Poverty due to high employment rate and low employment rate can trap individuals and can lead to homelessness. Although the United States is recovering from the worst financial crisis in 2008 since the Great Depression, there are still many homeless people suffering from the crisis. Many homeless people who have jobs and can't avoid homelessness, escaping homelessness is virtually impossible for those without a job.