Homelessness presents an opportunity for Huston Tillotson University to show concern for Austin’s homeless community. In doing so, Huston Tillotson can better its public image by taking efforts to aid homeless populations in the city. In our feasibility report, our proposed idea is for Huston Tillotson to organize basic skills/job training, drug awareness, counseling, clothing drives, food kitchens and information resources. The aim of these efforts would be to help the homeless leave that lifestyle. This could double as a chance to promote HTU, increasing awareness of the college and its educational offerings.
Home is a place were you feel loved , secured and most happy. One in every 200 American experienced homelessness. In texas 19,177 person were homelessin 2014. Twenty five percent were homeless with a drug promblem or a mental illness. The National Alliance To End Homelessness (NAEH) is a federral ploicy to help,aid the hommeless and to aware the situation to all americans.
The crisis of homelessness among veterans has attracted the attention of political and economic officials for over 25 years (Thomas & Bridier, 2013). The homeless population in the U.S is 7% and it is estimated that a staggering 13 % of that population represents homeless veterans (Thomas & Bridier, 2013). Even though we know it exist, there remains a need to evaluate why homelessness is increasing? It is equally important to note that many veterans are slipping through the cracks because they don’t meet the imposed criteria of being homeless, given that they do not have prior addiction issues nor service related physical or behavioral issues to be eligible for emergency housing (Thomas & Bridier, 2013). Since 1993, there is a group called CHALENG (Community Homeless Assessment Local Education and Networking Groups), which is a government mandated program that was formed to join the forces with the VA and community agencies.
“Only 28.5 percent of Americans with identifiable mental illness seek services annually,” and of those 28.5% only 11% were receiving the necessary medication (Rosenheck). The veteran population is more likely to experience traumatic brain injuries and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) which are one of the most substantial risk factors for homelessness (Fact Sheet: Veteran Homelessness). Not only are many non-veterans not seeking medical treatment for their mental illnesses, but many veterans as well are also not seeking the same treatment. This is apparent since there are 50% of homeless veterans who have a serious mental illness, which is not including those who have a mental illness that is not as apparent or life altering. Likewise, there are also 51% of homeless veterans living with a variety of disabilities, and 70% of
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The homeless veteran population is a concerning problem to the Veteran Affairs (VA). The population has been growing over many decades. To have a better understanding why there are so many veterans being homeless this paper will discuss many of the reasons why this is occurring. Veterans who have served in high combat can suffer from physical disabilities and mental illness that affect the normal daily tasks, but also who have not served can also suffer with the same issues. Suffering from posttraumatic stress disorder (PSTD), causes veterans to have a hard time transitioning back to civilian life after the military.
While the number of homeless veterans has dropped from nearly 150,000 in 2009 to close to 50,000 in 2014, an increase in funding would finally resolve the nation-wide problem (Department of Veteran Affairs). In 2011, fifty million dollars was allocated to the housing program, which provided vouchers to nearly seven thousand veterans and their families; that is approximately seven thousand dollars for each family that year (Department of Housing). An increase in ten million dollars could boost the number of vouchers to 8400 a year. A minimal increase in federal taxes or a slight decrease in senseless congressional spending would easily account for an increase in funding to
Veteran Crisis Line. The Veteran Crisis Line is a hotline created for veterans and their friends and family members as an initiative in the prevention of suicides among the veteran population. The Veterans Crisis Line is staffed by suicide and crisis prevention counselors who take calls from veterans, friends of veterans, and concerned family members. This crisis line is staffed 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Since its inception in 2007, the Veterans Crisis Line has taken more than 650,000 calls and claims to have saved more than 23,000 lives (McCarl, 2013).
Furthermore, Hurricane Katrina effected over a million people, thousands remained displaced a month after the storm passed, since the body count outweighed the number of shelters. Prior to landfall, the doors to the Superdome opened and approximately 16,000 people sought refuge there, but 16,000 would not even make a dent in 70,000 people who sought shelter after the storm. After Katrina took her path through the south (dissipating near the Great Lakes), the damage continued. As the shelters arose, FEMA officials became aware with that fact that their accommodations would not be enough. “More than one million people in the Gulf region were displaced by the storm.
Lack of Government Support For Affected Veterans According to the article, “Government 's PTSD Treatment for Veterans, Lacking”, “They account for more than 75% of the roughly half a million VA patients receiving treatment for PTSD,” (Zarembo). Many veterans still continue to wait for their treatments, creating issues in their home life and even causing them to commit suicide. The 25% of the patients who are not treated suffer, this is where the government should come to play to help those people by providing more care and supporting the costs. Post Traumatic Stress Disorder should be better treated and better supported by the government to veterans because of the amount of soldiers waiting for treatment, lack of effectiveness in treatment,
Compiling mental health issues, physical ailments along with family reintegration can prove overwhelming for a returning veteran. Nearly 20 percent of 30,000 suicides are attributed to veterans each year (Cesar, Sabia & Tekin, 2012). This number represents a substantial number of military personnel suffering with mental health problems. According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness (2011) PTSD impairs one’s ability to function in social or family life, which includes instability, marital problems, divorce, family conflict, and difficulty in parenting (p. 3). PTSD causes much impairment and has many contributing factors; for that reason, it is important to discuss the quality of services available to
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.
“Twenty percent are veterans, African Americans make up half of the Los Angeles County homeless population- disproportionately high compared to the percent of African Americans in the county over all ( about nine percent).” (Thornton, 2016). Homeless data was collected nationally, and there are 578,424 people that are homeless, 84,291 (fifteen percent), are considered chronically homeless (Henry, Cortes, Shivji, Buck, Khadduri, & Culhane,