Vulnerable populations are those with a greater risk of developing health conditions. These groups may have difficulty accessing healthcare because of sociocultural status, limited economic resources, geographic, or characteristics such as age, gender (****). This separation puts members of these groups at risk for not obtaining necessary medical care and thus creates a possible threat to their health. Vulnerable populations include some group like chronically ill, people with HIV/AIDS, mentally ill and disabilities, substance abusers and homeless groups population. For example, disadvantaged and poor working individuals who are unable to obtain health care due to their immigrant status also ethnic minority groups, typically discriminated against even though they have successful careers, higher education and
Those homeless shelters who are supposed to protect the homeless are unnecessary and costly. PBS SoCal states that a homeless shelter costs “on average, $1800 a month for a one-bedroom apartment.” (PBS SoCal Newshour) Most homeless people do not even have $1800 to begin with, making homeless housing projects a waste of money. Because the homeless could not afford the housing projects or the shelters, they often resort to cheaper options like temporary hotel or motel stays. Motel stays however, still affects the economy because according to the book Invisible Nation by Richard Schwind, “The motel stays are costing the state about $58 million annually.” (Schwind 85) So either way, homelessness still affects the economy in a negative way because the homeless cannot afford to live in shelters and homeless housing projects so they stay in motels. This makes the housing projects and shelters a waste of money and it also drains money from
This can be explained by, “Studies of pregnant women in New York City welfare hotels have shown their babies are twice as likely to weigh less than five pounds at birth when compared to all pregnant women. Low birthweight babies are at greater risk of blindness, deafness, brain damage, and even death”(Hyde 56). Taking this into consideration, homeless children’s academic performance is hindered because of their poor cognitive development and the circumstances of their homelessness, including constant mobility. Math, reading, spelling, and vocabulary tests are the tests that homeless children most often struggle to succeed on and likely result in being held back a year in school(Hart-Shegos 3). This can be seen in Dicey’s Song through Maybeth’s character and the difficulty she has to prosper in school.
One may argue that healthcare is too expensive and that food stamps have been taken away from many people. It is also extremely difficult to get a well-paying job in order to pay for housing, healthcare, and food. The lack of healthcare, food stamps, and well-paying jobs can result in people turning towards crime because of issues such as mental health, physical health, and employment options. One reason that people turn to crime is because of the lack of healthcare. Even when healthcare is available to people, a large portion of them are not able to
Homelessness is a complex social issue with a variety of economic and social factors such as poverty, lack of affordable housing, physical and mental health, addictions, and community/family breakdowns. Homelessness has increased its number by at least a 1% since last year, reached nearly 554,000 people who are living in harsh conditions. The government and its policies/bans only harm the homeless instead of being beneficial to them. With the “City wide bans on camping in public have increased [along with the]… city wide bans on sleeping in public…, sitting or lying down in particular places…[and,] bands on sleeping in vehicles have [all] increased”(Wiltz). Instead of
Moreover, a family needs to have enough money to buy groceries each week, which can be difficult when paychecks are given every other week. The people Ehrenreich often worked with tended to live below the poverty line as well. Many of them lived in shared hotel rooms or out of their cars because it was cheaper than actually owning their own places. Even then it was hard to save money. Oftentimes, the people who lived in poverty worked two or more minimum wage jobs, but they still were not able to lift themselves above the poverty line.
It is no longer perceived that homelessness is a problem of the substance abuser, idle, and mentally ill. Homelessness in Cleveland has been greatly affected by several factors that were resulted from severe economic and social situations. A particularly important factor is the lack of affordable housing and the economic situations that influenced the implementation of programs and policies intended to combat the social illness. As the number of the homeless increases, so does the causes of today’s
They don’t want to be homeless but that’s their current situation in their escape” (Schanes, Christine). More families go through being homeless in the United States than any other Industrialized nation. Typically a homeless family is made up with a single mother and two younger children. 51% of the children who go through being homeless are under the age of five years old. Domestic violence is common among the youth that have and are experiencing being homeless.
War veterans make up 23 percent of the homeless population, it is due to the lack of aid programs, and program funding that leaves them without a shelter. Veteran homelessness fixes along with mental illnesses such as PTSD. Mental Disabilities account for 20 percent of the homeless population. This includes drug and alcohol addiction, “or other vulnerabilities that render the individual unfit or unable to obtain his or her own domicile” (Homeless, Gale 2014). The list has been growing exponentially as the years go by.
“Homelessness is the condition of a person or persons living without regular dwelling. People who are homeless are most often unable to acquire and maintain regular, safe and adequate housing.” (Boundless,2016) People that are of higher risk of becoming homeless are mostly persons’ suffering from substance abuse or mental disorders, also the unemployed. Homeless people stereotypically live on the streets some spend nights in shelters , transitional housing or cars are also makeshift dwelling. Homelessness is a social problem and a large part of structural inequality , seventy-one percent (71%) of the homeless reside in urban areas. I believe that we are products of our environment and our environment influence the wy we think
There are over forty-seven thousand American veterans who are homeless and seventy percent of those veterans are suffering from some form of mental illness. Most veterans who have mental illness, mostly PTSD, do not know how to get help. About eleven percent of the adult homeless population are veterans .The veterans who are suffering from PTSD do not want to get help mostly because they do not have the funds to get the help they need or they are afraid of seeking help. If the government would give more funding to the Veteran Affairs or other organizations, it would be easier for homeless veterans to find the help that they
Poverty in the south bronx In the world we live in today there are too many people who are suffering due to the inability to feed themselves. Some are asking if poor people care about their health then why aren 't they doing anything about ameliorating their health. This is because they don 't have the tools to make their life better, they’re not in the same situation as a rich person does. They also ask why is it difficult for them to prevent it. This is because sometimes things occur spontaneously.
Factors causing or in association with homelessness is varied, it can be from loss of employment, divorce, domestic abuse, and/or a recent healthcare diagnosis. The low level of education can increase the risk of poverty significantly due to the lack of resources and knowing how to gain resources. The limited jobs with benefits can cause an increase of homelessness. The mentally challenged can also be at a significant risk for poverty as well, which can lead to being homeless if there
Factors such as lack of health insurance, poor living conditions, being under-educated, stress and the lack of social support can put the infants at risk for mortality. Many African Americans, especially those who are poor and those working without health care benefits, are less likely than white Americans to have a usual source of health care (Copeland, 2005). An environment a person lives in is related to health problems too. Families living in urban areas are confronted with the constant challenges of population density, inadequate or unaffordable housing, overcrowding, limited access to resources, and high crime rates (Copeland, 2005). African American families are at risk for SIDS due to the environment that the baby is discharged.
Many people believe that a majority of the homeless population is filled with people who don 't want to contribute to society. This couldn 't be further than the truth. Several of the homeless are people who 've lost their jobs or family members and don 't have sufficient funds to support themselves. Marc Santos states, "He took the streets after his mother died and could not find a place to live." This proves that many of these people are faced with difficulties and because of this how can one oppress them into shelters.