After the great depression and the crash of 2008, the number of homeless people has risen. Luckily, during recent times, the rate of homelessness has decreased. However, the economy is still deeply affected by homelessness through housing and sheltering projects and medical issues. These costs a lot of money and negatively affects the economy. Homelessness has existed since the beginning of civilization, usually because a lot of people at the time are too poor to buy a house.
On any given night, approximately 30,000 Canadians struggle to find a safe place to spend the night. Research indicates that lack of a stable and supportive living environment is detrimental for one’s health and well-being. Consequently, homeless individuals have significantly worse physical and mental health than the general population, and are at higher risk of death. Compared to the general population, homeless individuals are more likely to resort to emergency care services and have longer hospital stays, bearing increased financial burdens on the healthcare system. Although this population requires high levels of medical attention, people who are homeless have substantial unmet health care needs within Canada’s traditional model of primary
Homeless families are primarily lead by single parents, typically mothers. Significant factors that contribute to homelessness include the inability for individuals to attain affordable housing, reduced access to support programs, and a low minimum wage (Canadian Mortgage and Housing Corporation, 2003). Many of these circumstances are accentuated by a variation of personal struggles endured by the family. Such challenges manifest themselves in family violence, mental and physical health, and financial struggles. A family without access to resources and support systems is expected to find the maintenance of a viable home environment difficult.
In Canada the leading aspect of poverty is low income. The lack of income causes people to have poor judgment, for instance, alcoholism, homelessness, drugs, dropping out of school, and refusing to work. The poverty rate appears higher in immigrants, aboriginals and people with disabilities. Over 50% of poor Canadians rely on food banks and social assistance. Most Canadians in poverty are caused by personal issues; the loss of health and the loss of spouse or family member.
Homelessness is causing devastation among those that are homeless and turmoil with those who live in the country. The implications that come with the epidemic have reached an all time critical level among all of the issues in America. The more we leave the problem untreated, the more opportunity it has to grow in size. In this decade, homelessness is at the top of the list for problems that need a change within the country or more implications will come. An article composed by, Josh Sanburn, presents the United States’ overall position on the issue of homelessness within the country.
As many as 200,000 Canadians will experience homelessness each year and on any given night, about 30,000 Canadians are homeless. Any way you try to measure poverty in Canada, certain groups are worse than others this including Aboriginal Canadians that make about 30 percent less than the rest of Canadians this was found by the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives. Also more groups likely to be affected by poverty include lone parents, new immigrants to Canada, people with disabilities and seniors as Statistics Canada has said. Even for any one individual, poverty is not easy or straight-forward to explain and at the national level, the causes of poverty are even more complicated and hard to solve. But poverty can also come from structural problems.
Family homelessness is a growing social problem affecting families in every state. Nationwide, 85% of providers have seen family homelessness increasing in recent years(“The Facts About Family Homelessness”). Homelessness is often looked over, when someone sees a homeless person on the street they only see what they want to see it is unlikely that a person actually thinks about how the person became homeless. Women and children affected by homelessness is usually seen as abstract and would not be as conventional as a homeless man. This injustice to the women and children is unacceptable and using civil disobedience will help diminish the fire of ignorance.
Why is homelessness such a huge issue in the world? Many homeless people have mental illnesses and it is not easy for them to restart their lives and get a job. Many of them also have drug or alcohol problems, which makes it very difficult to get a long term job making enough income to support themselves. Homeless people need help getting off the streets but are unable to do it by themselves. Homelessness is a very huge problem that America has come to face.
There are three types of homelessness: chronic, cynical, and temporary (Lynne, 1999). A variety of factors can contribute to homelessness, such as natural disasters and war; however, the major causes in Canada are family violence, poverty, a lack of cheap housing, and the closure of mental health institutions. In her essay, “Two Views of Homelessness,” Melanie (2003) noted that “homelessness has been increasing at an alarming rate for over 2 decades, leading to the increased visibility of homeless
Homeless services in Ireland have changed quite significantly over the past few years and there has been more of a public focus and public outcry for more resources to be put into the housing sector to get more people off the street. People would generally see homelessness as living on the streets, however both the FEANTAS and the 1988 Housing Act have looked to create a more comprehensive definition of homelessness. The European federation that works with homelessness is FEANTAS and they have created a typology in ETHOS which shows that homelessness is not just something that happens out of nowhere but is a process that can include a variety of living situations which can equate to being homeless, this includes: “rooflessness (without a shelter
In the class CINT 908 – Homelessness in Canadian Society, an activity called Life with Dignity where we calculated the average of what we think living a life with dignity is financially and it greatly intrigued me in wanting to do this essay. This topic of Life with Dignity is subjective and vague because it varies depending on each person and their culture, history and experiences. However, in this paper, I would be explaining my perspective of what I think it means to be living in a life of dignity based off of my experiences and understanding. Additionally, this paper will explore the systemic structures put in place that prevents many individuals and families from living the life of dignity and yet, making the same individuals and families
“1 out of every 100 persons in Europe- or approximately 3 million people [are] homeless,” (Blair 21) states Cornelia Blair, the author of Homeless in America. Not only is this number extremely high, it only accounts to one country; Imagine the number across all 136 countries scattered across the Earth. And the homeless population is constantly on the rise, creating a fear for many who live dangerously close to losing everything. Homelessness is a predicament that affects all people, old and young, and can last from as little as a few days to as long as the rest of their lives. It is a serious problem caused by low income, domestic violence and abuse, and lack of Veteran care, but can be amended by child sponsorships, help from the government,
There is a great concern to today’s inequity regarding Aboriginal people’s health, education, culture and language. Stereotypes and racism are preventing the Aboriginal people from seeking the benefits they deserve. As Treaty People in Canada, reconciliation must be a top priority to support the healing process of Canada’s history. The treaty relationship has a significant impact on all Saskatchewan and Canadian citizen’s personal beliefs, societal and political positions, and the process of reconciliation.
The government of Canada has made and applied many collective rights (that is, rights made and applied to specific nationalities of Canada) to protect and enhance Aboriginals quality of life by supporting native youth. Yet today, government and society have had little impact on both Aboriginal education and health (both physical and mental). Canada's government keeps on increasing funding- but what the government does not understand, however, is that money can not and is not the solution for all Aboriginal problems. So, what is? Firstly, we have to see what the main problems are for youth, what is holding them back to be the same as everyone else in Canada?
Homelessness amongst the youth is a serious issue in America. Homeless youth, sometimes are referred to as unaccompanied youth. Unaccompanied youth are children and youth who are homeless and on their own that is not living with their families. This group includes runaway youth, youth whose parents encouraged them to leave or locked them out of their home, and independent youth from families where irreconcilable conflicts or loss of contact have made it impossible for them to return home ("Homeless Children and Youth," 2015).