Informative Essay On Homeless Children

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Homelessness is a big factor in the U.S and all around the world. More and more people everyday are becoming homeless. Yet not enough is being done to stop it, or make a big impact on it.
600,000 people in the U.S are homeless. That’s not including everywhere else. Out of all these homeless people 138,000 of them are children under 18. The children are the ones that will one day take over our spots and make their own legacy. How can that happen when so many of them are homeless?
Children aren’t the only ones that pay the price, veterans also are homeless. The people that risk their lives just so we can live free and make our dreams come true. 57,000 veterans are homeless. They gave up so much so we could be happy, but they sleep on street corners. Not ever hero is dressed in a fancy cape.
90% of homeless women are victims
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Just think of how hard it is for them with no one to help them or guide them to survive and live. About 80% of those homeless children (12-21) use drugs or alcohol. The use of these things leads to kids going down the wrong path in life.
According to estimates by the Urban Institute, nearly 1 in 5 youth under the age of 18 will run away at least once. Over 50% of young people in shelters and on the streets report that their parents told them to leave or knew they were leaving and didn’t care. The parents are the ones that lead their kids to being homeless because, they don’t even care what their kids are doing.
Of the youth that run away 41% have been abandoned by their parents for at least 24 hours. 43% have been beaten by a care taker. Family rejection on the basis of sexual orientation and gender was the most frequently cited factor contributing to LGBT homelessness (46%). Families are so caught up with keeping things the same as when they grew up, so being gay or wanting different things is unacceptable to
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