The aim of this report was to investigate what disadvantages the homeless face in Australia, the steps that are taken by the government and other support groups to alleviate or eliminate these disadvantages and what still needs to be done in order to solve the homelessness epidemic in Australia.
Melbourne, one of the capital cities of Australia, has once again been voted as the most liveable city in the world and is filled with rich, working-class and homeless citizens alike. Here, we deal with artisan coffee, food from nearly every culture imaginable and fancy houses with highly crippling mortgages. Here, we are happy with our everyday lives and able to wake up after a sound sleep without fearing the stability of our careers or the possibility of losing our homes, our families, our dignity, and pride. So what is stopping us, blinding us, allowing us to become so greedy and xenophobic that we neglect, fight tooth and claw to avoid, taking in people who have been displaced in their own home countries and witnessed horrors that we can
Homeless people are widely known in the United States, as much as in any other parts in the world, where it is also a common issue. The issue is so common that when people drive or even walk through the streets they see many homeless people with no roof, and no food. People often see other people like this no matter where they are at, giving them the thought of what if they were the ones going through that. Most of the time when they view stuff like this it leads them to having a feeling of sorrow. In the Public Service Announcement (PSA), “Homelessness,” produced by the Yakima Valley Community College, the college student’s presentation of pathos overshadows their less successful representation of logos and ethos concerning the topic of homelessness.
Currently, homelessness has become one of the major social problems in Australia. It is common to see homeless people sleep at street sides in major cities like Sydney and Melbourne. According to the latest statistics from the ABS Census of Housing and Population, there are 105,237 people in Australia who are homeless at present (Homelessness Australia, 2016). In other words, there is one person who is homeless in every 200 people in Australia. What is worse, the rate of homelessness has been growing in most states in Australia in the past few years.
As once written by Andrew Carnegie, “The problem of our age is the proper administration of wealth, so that the ties of brotherhood may still bind together the rich and poor in harmonious relationship” (Carnegie) Homelessness has been around for centuries, just like the debate over Americans helping the homeless or letting them fend for themselves. There are many aspects must which should be considered in the argument of whether we, the American people and higher class, should help them or not; such as the ethical values of the situation from both the poor and those involved in helping, the cultural and social causes, and effects on their lives.
Homeless in young Australians is a major issue within the homeless population. As statics shows that 18% of young Australians do not have money to survive on, 15% live jobless household, 5% deprived somewhere safe to live and survive on. This circumstance I young Australians occur young people in Australia occurs due to housing crisis, domestic violence, family violence and relationship/family breakdowns (brochure). The sources that I am using throughout this response include websites: Mission Australia, Youth homelessness and leaving home. Also brochure which is the main source for this response known as Homelessness and Young People.
Homelessness is a major key issue that has been on our island for more than a decade. It hasn’t come to the point yet that it would get solve or anything. Many of our government officials does not clearly know where they are heading due to the twist and turns that they have been. Blaming the homeless is clearly not the issue but not really having to identify that it is the government that is creating this problem to be a more bigger and heated issue. If only they set aside a time to experience what they are going through, if only they look in the bigger picture, instead of building a rail that would only help a quarter of the population, if only they were able to empathize more --- I would go on from here but it is the ‘if only’ and the ‘what if’ that could have made a difference then we, [the people] would not have to go through this controversial.
Homelessness, while widely acknowledged, continues to be an ever-prevalent issue within society. This urged me to take action. In order to compromise an accurate, precise claim, I needed to heavily research and analyze the various aspects of this issue -- specifically regarding the causes of homelessness, addressing the stereotypes and stigmas surrounding it, and by finding solutions at a personal, local, and national level. Initially, I intended to include pathos as a primary theme throughout my sources, but I eventually found logos as a more prevalent, more central theme that appeared throughout each source. Presented primarily through statistics, logos stands as the central theme.
Have you imagined yourself being a homeless in a rich country or a city? Well, most of the answers will be no, because we do not wish to live in a miserable life that we see and know about homeless people. A newspaper reporter by Kevin Fagan in his article, “Homeless, Mick Dick was 51, Looked 66.” This article was taken from Cengage Learning Online digital database. In this piece, Fagan examined the main figure which was a homeless man named Mike Dick. Fagan and his partner interviewed and documented his story from his early background struggles with addiction and abuse. Mike had been a homeless on the streets of San Francisco since the 1980s and the fatigues made his physical appearance looks bad. This is why many social researchers call this to be “street 66”
Due to the alarming number of barriers that homeless people face, the homeless are greatly suffering, and that is not alright. 65.6 million people around the world are displaced - a total greater than Canada, Australia and New Zealand combined. That is one in every 113 people. How is it right that we all have amazing lives, while others battle to survive the night. I’m Dean Tyler-Battaglia and today I will discuss why homelessness is such a massive problem, due to education and employment limits, difficulties regarding shelters, and why homelessness isn’t a choice.
A devastating tragedy happened on december 14-16 of 1999 an estimated around 150,000 to 200,000 became homeless and are now forced to make makeshift homes made out of wood tin and cinder block at the foot of Mt. Avila with a staggering 80 percent of the population living below the poverty level. The government has collected more than 1,ooo bodies and thousands are still missing.
Every day in states across the Australia, homeless women, men and children walk the streets, often begging for money, carrying plastic bags or pushing shopping carts filled with what little personal possessions they own. It is hard to comprehend that in a country as affluent as Australia with an average annual GDP of $US44,073,81 per capita there is such a large amount of people in the community who do not have homes (Jericho, 2013). Over the last couple of decade’s homelessness and poverty has become a serious issue due to the increase in unemployment rates in Australia (Abs.gov.au 2013).
My topic for the one to the world project was local homelessness, which was a topic I was really interested about. Where we live, there are homeless people all around us. From Loudoun County to D.C., it surrounds us. From this project, I not only learned things about my community, I learned things about myself. This project has impacted my personal development in more ways than one. For example, I was impacted through my citizenship. This project has caused me to volunteer in a homeless shelter, which is a civic responsibility. A person who is civically responsible is when they are a caring and productive member of society. Another skill I learned was leadership. I worked with three other people, and I had to pull their weight throughout the entire project. This taught me that if I encourage my teammates enough, we will get a lot done.