According to Do Policies Aimed Toward the Homeless Help Families? The Detroit Experience, “Within Detroit...our findings also offer a call to action for local policy makers to engage with community members to ensure that policy decisions are well informed and reach the intended recipients in a meaningful way” (Grim, Gutlekin, Brush, 2015, p. 11). Unsurprisingly, there is a big gap between policy makers and those who these policies are aimed towards. Most politicians are not really helping to fix the problem of homelessness, but rather prolong the time till they will inevitably have to deal with it. If policy makers were to interact more with the homeless, then they could create better policies that are better aimed towards them.
We can get an insight to how efficiently our taxes are being spent for the homeless by looking at the UK’s system, which is almost an exact reflection of our system. According to a trustable English news source, “The Independent”, which publishes political and social articles mainly about the U.K., welfare programs in England are actually creating more homeless by creating an environment where the English become entirely dependant on welfare and when it’s not enough to make ends meet, they end up homeless. Additionally it can be difficult for the already homeless to get access to welfare to begin with, due to them not knowing their social security number or not having a mailing address. This method of pumping large amounts of money into welfare in an effort to help the homeless is a prime example that the way money is being diverted in mass amount to the homeless may be making things worse rather than better and is largely ineffective and that congress should use the tax money going towards the homeless for more effective
Goodman 4 Richard Goodman English Comp II S. Cravens 5 March 2018 Ending Homelessness Homelessness is everywhere and it’s a growing problem in America. There are many reasons in which become homeless, and many of us ask ourselves should we help the homeless. We must remember that they are people too, and some time or another in life we all need help, even then homeless. In order to end or prevent homelessness, there are a number of things we must fix, the main thing being the affordable housing. Before we can get into the details of the things that can be done to help the homeless, first we must understand the scope of people affected by homelessness and the magnitude of homelessness in our country.
Starting in the 1980s, successive governments encouraged local authorities to sell off social housing, which has not been replaced. The private construction sector has so far failed to increase supply in response to soaring demand("Simon Communities in Ireland > Homelessness > Causes of Homelessness," n.d.). Step Five: Recommend and Implement Solutions IT sounds overly-simplistic, but the ¬solution to solving Ireland’s accommodation crisis is to build more houses and apartments. The availability and affordability of housing are the biggest issues facing businesses and workers in Dublin. Everyone agrees the government needs to begin building houses again.
With the increased use of housing-based assistance programs being created, there is a positive outlook for homeless looking for assistance getting back on their feet by acquiring affordable housing. The ability to apply and gain benefits through state and federal programs is helping to provide food and some financial assistance to the homeless population as well as a community outreach programs being deployed in cities all over the country. New opportunities for employment and training are available for those who are homeless and looking to get back into the workforce and get off the street. The road ahead for the homeless population is, of course, paved with struggles and detours, but with the continued efforts of our country, states and communities we can work together to aid in the reduction of homelessness with the continued efforts in creating and maintaining affordable housing programs, assistance programs, and workforce development
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
For instance, a study published in 2009 discusses the importance of understanding the different aspects of this population in order to effectively help end youth homelessness. The study notes that are two typical forms of youth homelessness: children living in homeless families and unaccompanied youth. The first group, children living in homeless families, is essentially children who “live in families without a home” (Aratani, 2009, p. 4). Unaccompanied youth, then include those who are runaways, throwaways, and independent youth who have no contact with their family. Additionally, there is a multitude of factors that have been known to contribute to homelessness.
It is about human rights failure. We as a community should be more involved with this issue as well as put more of our focuses on helping the homeless community. The homeless community is like burnt out flames hoping to find sparks to reignite them again. To begin with, homeless people are not living in a place that is meant for human habitation. The effects of homelessness on
Quindlen is trying to say that the homeless do not have small things to enjoy in life like we do. They do not get to come home and grab their favorite food right after school or work everyday like some of us do. They fight to survive everyday and no human being should have to live like an animal everybody should be able to have that feeling of love and happiness that we have when we come home. The homeless have it worse than we want to see but if we as human beings start seeing this and realizing that nobody should have to live like that I believe that we could give homeless people the life they deserve and give them a place they can go to and call home and finally feel that love and happiness again like all human beings
A good question to ask about homeless people therefore is how do preconceived notions and stereotypes about homeless people cause city governments and it’s citizenry to treat them as inferiors who need to be hidden? Sometimes in our society, the homeless are stereotyped as homeless because they are to lazy to get a job and work hard. It seems a common belief in America that the benefits that life comes with almost always come after hard work. However, according to Wilson Dizard and Kristyn Martin of Al Jazeera America a quarter of the homeless population have employment at the time of their homelessness. “Hardworking yet still homeless in today’s America” focusses on the story of Julia Cooley, a mother of one who commutes to work a total of five hours a day, yet is still homeless when the work day is over (1).