Causes Of Homelessness

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"Although homelessness can happen to anyone, it just wasn't expected" (Linda Lewis). Waking up from cold sweats every night, dizzy and disoriented from the uncomfortable sleeping arrangement. Watching my family sleep in displaced areas of another individual’s home is unsettling. My sense of security chipped away from me day by day, week by week, month by month, year by year… until there is none left. My mind fills with paranoia, complete thoughts can’t be formed yet thousands are completed at the same time. Sanity is no longer present. A home to call my own is all I want, but I didn’t know not having one meant gaining insanity. This brief glimpse in my own mindset shows that families or family members undergoing homelessness are at risk of…show more content…
According to Social Solutions, there are roughly half a million homeless families in the United States and around six-thousands of those homeless families are here in our own back yard, Houston, TX. Returning to the subject at hand, of course the leading cause to family homelessness is a loss of a job or income, making up thirty five percent (Houston Coalition to end homelessness). To place this into perspective, my mother finally had a job to support my brothers and I, although that changed after a year when she quit her job in fear of being framed for a crime being put together by her boss's wife. This left us with no income to support ourselves anymore. Losing her job placed us in the category of loss of job for the cause of homelessness, however, becoming homeless isn't just caused by one issue. For instance, accumulation of bills and change in marital status make up twenty four percent of causes of why families become homeless (Houston Coalition to end homelessness). Families undergoing multiple issues without a quick resolution find themselves becoming inevitably homeless. Back to my story, my mother never really had to work as my father mostly made her be a stay at home mom. Once my parents relationship hit a point of no return, they divorced. Now my mother had to take care of us and accumulated bills, such as, a car note, rent,…show more content…
In most cases, families are experiencing fallouts financially and marriages. Escaping homelessness won't be a breeze for a family, but it is important for the parent or guardian of the children to monitor them for signs of developing disorders. As seen through the testimony of my friend, he developed a crime habit and drug addiction. Family homelessness, unfortunately, doesn't just deprive a home but burdens children with mental health issues. Programs should advertise heavily on how they can benefit families who are struggling to find a home. The reason being that families might not have access to resources to find help. This way the head of the household can find an escape out of homelessness and ensure their children can have a home to call their
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