Our Tired, Our Poor, Our Kids :Summary In “Our Tired, Our Poor, Our kids”(2001), Anna Quindlen claims that “There are many homeless mothers and children”(332).Quindlen addresses this issue by needing to find homes for many children the past month (“thousands”) ,as well for those families that wait by their belongings until found a room to sleep. The population of homelessness people isn’t decreasing it’s increasing rapidly. She reveals these problems in order to inform people the outrages numbers of homeless families ,and also “explains some of the effects of homelessness on children,emphasizes the importance of affordable housing,and touches on the effects of welfare reform on homelessness”(329).
It is hard to imagine life as a homeless family. I hope that I’ll never have to move my family from shelter to shelter as some families must do every day. According to the essay “Homeless” by Anna Quindlen, we should take more time in our lives to see the pain that homelessness creates. I agree with Anna Quindlen’s assertion that a home is everything. A home can provide certainty.
Individuals who are homeless experience social exclusion from society, and this results in a lack of knowledge and understanding about this population. Chappell (2014), suggests that "... approximately 80,000 people are homeless on any given day in Canada" (p. 248). More than 47 percent of the homeless population are single males between the ages of 25 and 55; whereas 20 percent is comprised of youth between the ages of 16 and 24 (Chappell, 2014). Additionally, many of whom are of Aboriginal descent and live with mental illness, addiction, or disability (Chappell 2014).
Homelessness is an ongoing issue in Canadian society, which impacts thousands of lives every year. While Canada is internationally regarded as a wealthy and prosperous country, the Canadian government has failed to systemically address what is considered to be a ‘hidden’ issue. Due to a lack of organized numeration, much of the data regarding Canada’s homeless population remains incomplete. While the homelessness issue is swept under the rug, many Canadians inch closer to the poverty line every year, often resulting in transitional, episodic, or chronic homelessness. Several factors contribute to homelessness, however, fundamental issues stem from unaffordable housing, lack of income security, and racial disparity.
Homeless youth are always dealing with poor nutrition, victimization, substance use, and abuse. Unfortunately the services provided are very limited and cannot help a huge chunk of the homeless youth. Homeless youth experience more substance abuse and drug addiction than non-homeless youth, this causes them to be mentally unstable and unable to be a functioning member of society. There are many temporary services provided such as shelters, drop-ins, meal programs, literacy improvements, and counselling programs; although these are available and there to help the youth, they are all flawed in their own ways. What the government does not take into consideration is the long term solutions to put youth in poverty to an end.
“Housing is a right, not a commodity.” was stated by the United Nations back in 1948, yet there are so many people in the world without it. Housing is a basic right that is the basis for security, stability, and adequate living. Yet in Canada, there are 235,000 people who experience homelessness per year. That is almost 3% of the population, yet not much is being done to rectify this. One of the main reasons for homelessness, a big issue in Canada, is unaffordable and unfair housing.
As a result, communities in Winnipeg are forced to live without safety, and struggle in many ways unimaginable. These events causing trauma can lead to mental and physical illnesses that make the process of coping and escaping homelessness much more
These factors include, but are not limited to, lack of affordable housing, economic insecurity, behavioral health, etc. Research has found that the main contributing factors for children living in homeless families are the lack of affordable housing, poverty, and domestic violence (Aratani, 2009). Similarly, mental illness, substance abuse, and lack of affordable housing are the top contributing factors of homelessness among unaccompanied youth (Aratani, 2009). In addition to analyzing the factors that can cause homelessness, the article explores the impact that homelessness can have on youth. For example, homelessness can often lead to food insecurity since food supplies can be scarce, which can then have a negative impact on the child/youth’s overall health.
On any given night, approximately 30,000 Canadians struggle to find a safe place to spend the night. Research indicates that lack of a stable and supportive living environment is detrimental for one’s health and well-being. Consequently, homeless individuals have significantly worse physical and mental health than the general population, and are at higher risk of death. Compared to the general population, homeless individuals are more likely to resort to emergency care services and have longer hospital stays, bearing increased financial burdens on the healthcare system. Although this population requires high levels of medical attention, people who are homeless have substantial unmet health care needs within Canada’s traditional model of primary
The article “The State of Homelessness in America” provides
The issue of homelessness in America has been evident since the early 1600’s. Across the country men, women and children spend their nights on the streets not knowing when or if they will ever find a permanent home. States and federal officials or city councils have tried to alleviate or at least reduce the number of homeless over the last several decades at a city, state or national level but it continues to be an ongoing problem. There is a multitude of factors that account for the growing homeless population that affects each state in the country differently. Though there are many contributing factors that contribute to the amount of people living on the street at any given night in the U.S.
We must value the importance of homelessness being a temporary state and acknowledge the redefinition of homelessness. As a society, we also must self-reflect and value our own standpoint in correlation to the research being done. Standpoint is not just determining or concluding the results to be one thing or another; but it is more complex and one must recognize that particular perspectives’ you won’t be able to fully understand unless you were in the same predicament or circumstances as the homeless. With all the research in the world, we do not understand how it feels to be in that situation, but based on empirical evidence, we can imagine how it
During the recent years homelessness has increased eminently. Although homelessness is not a new phenomenon it has become a huge social issue in today’s society. In urban areas homelessness is visible by the masses but ignored by society’s negative perception. Characterized as unstable individuals, alcoholics and criminals by society, these negative stereotypes have only escalate the issue. Homeless can occur at any stage of life for multitude of factors.