Youth Homelessness in America Every year, millions of people are experiencing some form of homelessness in the United States alone. Of those people who are experiencing homelessness, a large proportion of them is under the age of 24. Data has found that there are over 550,000 youth have experienced homelessness for more than a week over the course of a year (“Youth and Young Adults,” 2018). In many cases, youth homelessness can be prevented, but the lack of resources and services available to youth is limited. As a result, the issue continues to grow and affect more and more youth have to experience homelessness.
Moreover, there is the fact that the majority of homeless individuals do not have cell phones or consistent transportation to a workplace. Adding to these problems is the difficulty of staying clean, and it begins to come clear why these individuals have so much difficulty finding and holding down a job. Some also hold the perception that all homeless individuals are unemployed. A Vox article counters that idea, stating that minimum wage workers who work full-time would not be able to live stably in the average apartment in any state in the U.S. Therefore, even people who have full-time jobs can be at risk.
However, especially in an expensive state like Hawaii, it is quite easy to become homeless in a short amount of time. There are similarities in the causes in all states when it comes to becoming homeless. Although there are many reasons for homelessness, the main causes include mental illness and loss of job (Axelrod-Contrada 78). Cocke states, “Hawaii has the highest rate of homelessness per capita of all states, with an estimated 7,620 people living on the streets and in shelters”. There are other and more unique reasons in Hawaii that cause a much higher growth rate of homeless people compared to the steady number in most states.
Homelessness can be caused by many things such as lack of education, substance abuse, and unemployment but just because a person is homeless doesn 't mean that they are stuck that way. Many things can and are being done to help homeless people around the world and hopefully it will soon no longer be an
Death in a family can also be a cause of homelessness as the person may not be able to afford accommodation on one income. Personal Causes: This can include mental illness, learning difficulties, problematic alcohol or/and drug use. If a person has one or more of these problems, they may find it difficult to manage the home they are in or it may lead to other problems such as losing job and inability to pay mortgage/rent or relationship breakdown and have to leave the home. Generally it is a combination of these factors that result in a person becoming homeless. For example, if someone lost their job and their relationship broke down, they may have to leave the family home but not be able to afford to rent alternative
Homelessness has only gotten worse throughout the years and is slowly, but surely growing out of control. It has been a problem ever since non-nomadic civilizations were created. When the earliest civilizations were created, only a few people were without homes. At this time, it was not much of a problem because there were only a few of them. The people who are usually affected by homelessness are those who are in: poverty, domestic situations, bad financial stability, natural disasters, and other problems out of their control.
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
A lack of affordable housing and the limited scale of housing assistance programs have contributed to the current housing crisis and to homelessness. The National Low-Income Housing Coalition estimates that the 2017 housing wage is $21.21 per hour, exceeding the $16.38 hourly wage earned by the average renter and greatly exceeding wages earned by low income renter households (NationalHomeless.Org). Today, 11 million extremely low-income households pay at least half of their income toward housing, putting them at risk of housing instability and homelessness. The solution to housing the homeless is straightforward. By connecting the people experiencing homelessness to housing and the services needed, so that they may have a platform from which they can address other issues that may have contributed to their homelessness, such as employment, health, and drug abuse.
The most frequent cause of homelessness is due to relationship breakdowns (Ravenhill, 2000).It is often influenced by a plethora of problems: family arguments or the loss of a relative. Also, personal features such as emotional issues may have a significant effect on homelessness. At first, it could lead to psychological disorders due to the feeling of isolation. Eventually, a person may have difficulties socialising with others, have a of loss interest in everything and struggle to live in a functioning society. He or she unable to cope with psychological disorders may spend his or her entire life on the street.
These barriers include not having quality education, limited job experience, or experience in a job not needed in a wealthy country, no access to and lack of money to provide transportation. An article from popular media outlet ‘The Huffington Post’ states that, “many homeless people are employed... to get a job, people must be clean, and they must wear clean clothing... 35% of homeless people have problems with mental illness.” This is a difficult situation for someone who is unable to obtain access to washing facilities, such as a bathroom like the one in your house. The article also talks about how numerous homeless already have jobs, sometimes two. Having a job does