What Are The Causes Of Homelessness In America

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Homelessness in America Homelessness in America is a problem, this is not news. The fact that one of the richest nations in the world has a homelessness problem should be news. It begs to be questioned, to be fixed, to be eradicated yet it is a growing problem not a shrinking one. What is homelessness and is it really that big a problem? Homelessness defined is the lack of a regular safe place to reside at night. Imagine you are one of the people without a place to go, do you feel alone? You are not. Nearly 1.56 million people used an emergency shelter or a transitional housing program during the 12-month period (October 1, 2008 through September 30, 2009). Two thirds were homeless as individuals, and one-third were homeless as families according to the 2009 Annual Homeless Assessment report of the US department of Housing and Urban Development…show more content…
Research, shelters, law enforcement, health care, programs, jails and countless labor hours are focused on the problem. The HUD director in an interview stated that cost less money to actually house a person than to continue to support them while they are homeless. (Donovan, 2012) What are the causes of homelessness? The causes of homelessness are lack of affordable housing, unemployment, poverty, mental illness, substance abuse, domestic violence, and teen displacement to name a few. One of the leading causes across the board is lack of affordable housing. As housing costs continue to rise the minimum wage and low paying jobs are not sufficient to support a family on one income so without two incomes to meet the higher cost families end up displaced. There are many Americans who are one paycheck from homeless (Berman, 2015), many others have to choose whether they will eat or pay rent. Is society responsible? How does this come to happen in a society where we are considered rich and privileged among nations of the

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