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
The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics found that about 4.1% of the population is unemployed. This translate to over twelve million people looking for jobs. When employers want to hire people, not have a permanent residency and lacking a mode of transportation makes you look unreliable. When compared to someone else who has a car and place to live, employers don’t have to think twice about who they want to hire. Also many homeless people have a mental illness or disability making them unable to have a job.
Veteran Homelessness On any given night, approximately 49,000 American veterans are homeless, men and women that served our country and fought for our freedom (Unique Issues). Most are suffering from traumatic brain injuries, physical disabilities, and some are over the age of 50 (Unique Issues). Veteran homelessness continues to be a persistent problem. A system in which increased funding goes to housing and providing care to veterans would drastically help these peoples if not homelessness will continue to grow because of the United States’ involvement in the Middle East. The problem veteran homelessness is a nationwide doesn 't just include the homeless veteran population but also the mental and physical disabilities these people
In Malcolm Gladwell’s “Million- Dollar Murray” he takes on the plight of chronic homelessness. He uses Murry Barr as an example of how much money is spent on those living in chronic homelessness. Murry Barr had the larges medical bill in the entire state of Nevada; “It cost us one million dollars not to do something about Murry.” Reported officer O’Bryan. The reason for this claimed is that it might be more cost affective to take the homeless off the street and give them a home. The author theorizes something called power law theory or distribution which means that not all homeless end up in chronic homelessness or that they will run up a million dollar medical bills.
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).
The Downtown Memphis Commission, which is comprised of professionals and service agencies, has asked the citizens of Memphis not to give money to panhandlers. The commission explains that given the money to “a panhandler often only enables self-destructive behaviors like alcoholism and drug addiction (“Say No to Panhandling,” 2017). In fact, one former panhandler and addict has stated, “Giving money to a panhandler is like giving a gun to someone who is suicidal” (“Say No to Panhandling,” 2017). While giving money to panhandlers directly may not be the answer we must do something to help those in
There are together almost 40% of all people who are homeless. Rural area contain the largest part of homeless families, children and single mother. Homelessness is a matter that has many different view and different opinions. It is a big matter that gets little attention and back in order to spread its truth and its needs to public eye.
The majority of homeless veterans, individuals that are mainly men, ninety- one percent to be exact, they live mostly in cities and may have a mental or physical disability. Veterans are more likely to become homeless if they partake in low socioeconomic status or a mental health disorder, for example, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and traumatic brain injuries. Both of these have been found in a large majority of the homeless veterans. When they have these disorders, it is harder for them. to go back to the civil life that they had before they left for serving in the war.
Homelessness amongst veterans is a very big concern in the United States for those returning from the military. According to the Annual Homeless Assessment Report (2014), it was estimated that there were about 49,933 veterans out at night (U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs). That is a big number for people who were out there serving our country and sacrificing themselves and putting their lives on the line. Many of them are coming to be in this position because of transition issues, substance abuse, mental health issues and housing limitations. We must be able to understand and relate to these issues that the veterans are having in order to help them overcome the homelessness and find housing and employment.
An example of this is the youth living in Hawaii. It is stated that “The study by Waikiki Health, Hale Kipa and the University of Hawaii's Center of the Family surveyed 151 people ages 12-24. All the people surveyed were homeless or runaways living in Waikiki, downtown Honolulu or the Waianae Boat Harbor”(Associated Press). In other words, a large amount of young people in Hawaii is homeless. This is a problem because we can’t shelter them due to certain laws.
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
Some places around the country are trying to combat this issue in an effective way. For example the city of New Orleans found a better way to help the veterans. The mayor made a program in which they “identify and locate each homeless veteran living in our city.’(Landrieu). The city “organized a special push … about 150 active duty military personnel and veterans joined the effort to systematically seek and engage every homeless veteran.”(Landrieu) It’s an interesting approach what did the city New Orleans to combat this issue. I think it was a smart move to check around to see the homeless population in the city.
Los Angeles has become the first city to have over whelming homeless people that caused an emergency for help. The homeless people in LA grew starting from their freeway flooding to the chic sidewalks of Venice Bench. The Municipal official declared the emergency on Tuesday. The National Experts on homelessness say Los Angeles has a severe and persistent problem with people living on the streets rather than in shelter homes with an estimate of 26,000 people. In Urban Areas they have rise the cost of living to try and keep people out of there public spaces.
This particular business fraud took place in Brooklyn New York after a pharmaceutical executive was under criticism for price gouging drugs. While being charged Martin Shkreli was freed on bond although he was denied fraud charges. Shkreli earned a very high level of infamy just alone off his business and personal life and at a very young age of 32 years old but, that was not enough to not accuse him of consistently losing investors money, while illegally without their knowing stealing their assets to assist with other debts they had and to include lying to them about their money and where it was actually spent. As the time passed this business fraud that Shkreli was charged was exposed when he essentially ran it like a Ponzi scheme. A Ponzi
People in the community look the other way or overall pretend that they do not see the man on the side of the road needing money or food to survive theses days. However when, in the next few days, the man is gone, they are going to worry and think "man I should have helped him " . Some of the ways in which homelessness impacts society are the amount of money the tax payers spend to give these individuals support services and programs in order for the individuals to survive( Impact of Homelessness, 2015). In most communities, they do not give them jobs because of their living situation or even how they look or smell. They do not let them get the education that they might need to become not homeless because of how they look but that is all they have.