Homelessness is a big issue in the United States. Los Angeles, California is one of the biggest cities in this country, and has the largest population of homeless people. According to the Institute for the Study of Homelessness and Poverty at the Weingart Center, an estimated 254,000 men, women and children experience homelessness in Los Angeles County during some part of the year and approximately 82,000 people are homeless on any given night. In Los Angeles, the average age for homeless people is 40- women are typically younger. 20% are physically disabled.
A Sociological View of Homelessness SOCI-200 D01 Instructor: Professor J. Cole The homeless are looked at as the low of the low, the bane of society. Some Christian believers look at the homeless and simply feel that if they were to apply themselves, they would not be homeless. Other Christian believers feel sorry for the homeless and want to help. With the endless problems facing our economy these days, the nation is seeing a surge in the number of homeless people. In a recent approximation USA Today estimated 1.6 million people unduplicated persons used transitional housing or emergency shelters.
Many low wage worker are limited to housing resources because the income received does not match rent for a month. How does the government expect one to live off $8 an hr and pay if rent for a family of three is over amount received. In the book Nickle and Dimed barabars who posed as a low wage worker was limited to the type of housing she could afford earning $7 an hr got her a hole in the wall. She stated, “Trailer trash was now a demographic to aspire to”(12). Many workin people have no choice but, to live in poor living arrangments.
Homelessness in America By Michelle A. Levels Instructor Cecil Clifton Course SOCI 111 September 11, 2012 Homelessness in America Approximately 1.5 million children in America are homeless. My opinion is there is little excuse for this because we as Americans have many opportunities to succeed in life. I have been in this situation myself and I fought my way back with the help of many city and government programs. One of the programs in Evansville In is Aurora.
Scope of Work D.C.M.A. Solutions Nathan Manor, Jonathan Delconte, DeShawyn Redish, Crystal Jones “The Beginning to the End of Homelessness” Project Description Team D.C.M.A. Solutions chose to battle homelessness as a charity event project. Homelessness is a growing problem, not just in America, but all over the world. Crystal and Nathan both relate strongly to homeless veterans who make up a staggering 57,849 of the 610,042 people experiencing homelessness on any given night in the United States.
Some of the individuals in the story use to have jobs and own their own homes. However, due to the economic crises that faced the nation back in 2008, many found themselves out of jobs, which then in turn caused them to lose their homes finding themselves homeless with no place to go. Therefore, tent “communities” started popping up. A lot of the men and women that were found in the tent city in Sacramento were at one time middle-class citizens. They were living their American dream.
According to FEMA reports, in September 26, 2005, they have already approved 265,000 applications for temporary housing payments. Eventually, many families will resettle back into their homes or even join in new communities, but regardless, families and communities have been dramatically transformed by the storm. Additionally, Hurricane Katrina has made one of the poorest areas in the United States even poorer. According to geographical analysis by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) flood and damage assessments and year 2000 Census data, The CRS estimates that of the people to have been displaced by the hurricane, about half lived in New Orleans. Due to the city’s social composition, the storm most heavily impacted the poor and African Americans, who were less likely to have connected to the workforce and were educationally disadvantaged.
A person who works full or close to full time should be given the opportunity to live a comfortable, productive life. With today’s economy however, many people are working hard and hardly gaining any benefits from their wages. Between the sky-rocketed house mortgages and the increasing gas prices, almost 70% of monthly earnings are spent on housing and transportation. After housing and transportation, very little money is left for utilities, personal necessities and perhaps entertainment if time allows. Life in America is about finding one’s dream and pursuing it; however, it has become very difficult for anyone to find their dreams due to work problems.
Homelessness There are many reasons why a person can become homeless. In 2008 the survey on homelessness in the United States stated that 664,414 people lived in shelters, in transitional housing, and on the street on a single night in January. Also about 1.6 million people were homeless throughout the year of 2008. The government also suggests that at least 3 million people are homeless for at least one night a year. The majority of the people who are homeless admit to not working, but about 20% of homeless people have at least a part time job.