Individuals who are homeless experience social exclusion from society, and this results in a lack of knowledge and understanding about this population. Chappell (2014), suggests that "... approximately 80,000 people are homeless on any given day in Canada" (p. 248). More than 47 percent of the homeless population are single males between the ages of 25 and 55; whereas 20 percent is comprised of youth between the ages of 16 and 24 (Chappell, 2014). Additionally, many of whom are of Aboriginal descent and live with mental illness, addiction, or disability (Chappell 2014). This demographic information illustrates that the number of young people under 24 experiencing homelessness in Toronto comprise only a fifth this population, while almost …show more content…
The collective response to homeless Toronto youth engaging in squeegeeing contributed to the implementation of the SSA in 1999. According to Parnaby (2003), the prevalence and impact of 'squeegee kids ' in Toronto in the late 1990s became a source of frustration for drivers, pedestrians, and business owners. "At that time it was common for motorists to encounter squeegee-toting street youth who would wash car windshields for spare change, and more and more panhandlers became visible on city streets" (O 'Grady et al., 2013, p. 544). A negative perception of this population developed through these interactions. The media also contributed to the public perception of homeless youth. O 'Grady et al. (2011) describe the moral panic that existed in media reports of the 1990s. Media accounts of squeegeeing were sensational, using words such as 'plague ' and 'infestation ' (O 'Grady et al., 2011). This approach to reporting contributed to the growing discomfort
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The main reason why people experience being homelessness is because they cannot find affordable houses. Homeless individuals are more prevalent in urban areas. Statics have shown there are about more than 643,067 people in the United States that are homeless; 238,110 of those people are in families and 12%, which is about 77,168 of those people are veterans. These numbers come from a point in time count, which is conducted by each community, in a single night in January every other year. Although the relationship between addiction and homelessness is a complex controversy topic, people who are poor and addicted are clearly at increased risk of homelessness.
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.
Young Australians being homeless in 2009 were 62% females who were concerned about homeless and leaving home at the age between 13 to 17 years old 73%. The young people who were homeless and had other concerns in the age between 18 to 25 years was 65% of them likely to be 92% female (show in figure 1.1). (Website 3) The health issues with in young homeless individuals include Mental illness and Mental disorders. Evidence shows that depression, anxiety and post- traumatic stress disorders are experienced by individuals young homeless
Youth homelessness in Canada is not a new phenomenal, it has become more and more severe over the past 20 years. “One third of homeless individuals on the streets are under the age of 25”(Cino, Rose). It is a significant social justice issue in Canada. Within our community people are increasingly aware of the sight of youth sleeping in parks, asking for money and sitting on sidewalks. Youth homelessness is caused by tragic life occurrences such as abuse, illness or unemployment, while many falsely assume homelessness is a choice.
The issue of homelessness in America has been evident since the early 1600’s. Across the country men, women and children spend their nights on the streets not knowing when or if they will ever find a permanent home. States and federal officials or city councils have tried to alleviate or at least reduce the number of homeless over the last several decades at a city, state or national level but it continues to be an ongoing problem. There is a multitude of factors that account for the growing homeless population that affects each state in the country differently. Though there are many contributing factors that contribute to the amount of people living on the street at any given night in the U.S.
Youth Homelessness in America Every year, millions of people are experiencing some form of homelessness in the United States alone. Of those people who are experiencing homelessness, a large proportion of them is under the age of 24. Data has found that there are over 550,000 youth have experienced homelessness for more than a week over the course of a year (“Youth and Young Adults,” 2018). In many cases, youth homelessness can be prevented, but the lack of resources and services available to youth is limited. As a result, the issue continues to grow and affect more and more youth have to experience homelessness.
This opinion piece, titled “why are we really ashamed about Melbourne’s homeless crisis?” written by Jamila Rizvi for the herald sun, takes on a concerned tone while discussing the issue of homelessness in Melbourne. Various persuasive techniques have been used to make the reader question their belief. The article is aimed at people who are around the homeless often, tourists coming for the Australian Open and commuters in the CBD. This piece makes us question why we are actually ashamed of the homeless in Melbourne.
Homelessness is an unsolved issue occurring day to day, worldwide. What the main focus of this essay will be are the homeless youth in Canada dealing with drug addiction and substance use. Homelessness is a rising problem here in Canada, there are 10,000 homeless youth on the street, a guaranteed 2000 on any given night. There are so many different aspects you have to deal with along being homeless, not only are they living life on the streets without a shelter, food or money, but the challenges they face daily just adds to it. They face physical abuse, verbal abuse, police brutality, weather changes, starvation, stress, addictions, mental illness, and other various problems.
It is generally accepted that poverty is a serious social problem in Canada, and one of its most obvious indicators is homelessness (Chappell, 2014). However, the practice of 'squeegeeing ' among entrepreneurial homeless youth in Toronto during the 1990s reveals that social welfare policy development did not address poverty and homelessness sufficiently at that time. In response to concerns about the income-generating practices of youth who are homeless, the Government of Ontario passed the Safe Streets Act (SSA) in 1999. The provincial government designed the SSA to regulate and eliminate indicators of poverty in public places, including squeegeeing and panhandling, rather than address the root causes of this social problem (Esmonde, 2002).
During the recent years homelessness has increased eminently. Although homelessness is not a new phenomenon it has become a huge social issue in today’s society. In urban areas homelessness is visible by the masses but ignored by society’s negative perception. Characterized as unstable individuals, alcoholics and criminals by society, these negative stereotypes have only escalate the issue. Homeless can occur at any stage of life for multitude of factors.
Identify the subpopulation you have chosen I have chosen the homeless population in which there are currently 105,237 people in Australia; 56% male and 44% female. ("Homelessness statistics", 2016) Identify and briefly outline the specific health and wellbeing issues faced by the subgroup. Exploring the relationship between homelessness and health shows different types of connections. Some health problems are experienced before an individual becomes homeless and may later contribute to the difficulty in finding appropriate housing whereas other health issues are a consequence of homelessness.
It is complicated to get a practical image of the everyday life of an unaccompanied and homeless youth. The statistics of homeless youth are rising, but this subgroup of the homeless population remains one of the least understood, most vulnerable, and most convoluted to attain. Once on the street, adolescents are victimized as they are exposed to dangers that equal or exceed the home situations they sought to escape.
Research shows that approximately 71 percent of Calgarians in need are sheltered, meaning they are using these provided resources; in contrast, the remaining 29 percent are on the streets, in hospitals, facilities, or other areas deemed as unsheltered (Franklin, 2023, para. 6). The fact that despite the resources implemented, 29 percent of the homeless population remains unsheltered proves that the solutions the city has generated are not addressing all of the homeless population. For a city to declare that it will end homelessness, the solutions should target more than 71 percent of the homeless population. Additionally, the research conducted through the PiT revealed that 30.1 percent of homeless people in Calgary are indigenous, with the dominant age group between 25-64 (Franklin, 2023, para. 8).
Women and children are overwhelming affected by this, with one in two homeless women with children in homeless services are escaping domestic violence (Homelessness in Australia 2012). In addition to domestic violence the other frequent seen causes of homelessness are, lack of affordable housing, intergenerational poverty, unemployment, mental illnesses and young people exiting state care (Homelessnessaustralia.org.au, 2015). A common misconception is that mental health and drug addiction are the main circumstances for people being homeless(Roger, June 2015) .Although there is a link between the two circumstances most homeless individuals develop mental health issues and drug addiction after living on the streets for a long period of time (Homelessness in Australia 2012).
In 1999 Ontario implemented a legislation called the Safe Streets Act (SSA). This legislation prohibited “aggressive panhandling”, solicitation of captive audience and unsafe disposal of needles, condoms and broken glass. (O’Grady, Gaetz and Buccieri 2013) In this paper, I argue that the SSA exacerbates the problem of youth homelessness by creating barriers against integration into mainstream society. These barriers are created through economic sanctions and processes of criminalization.