Ending Homelessness Research Paper

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Goodman 4 Richard Goodman English Comp II S. Cravens 5 March 2018 Ending Homelessness Homelessness is everywhere and it’s a growing problem in America. There are many reasons in which become homeless, and many of us ask ourselves should we help the homeless. We must remember that they are people too, and some time or another in life we all need help, even then homeless. In order to end or prevent homelessness, there are a number of things we must fix, the main thing being the affordable housing. Before we can get into the details of the things that can be done to help the homeless, first we must understand the scope of people affected by homelessness and the magnitude of homelessness in our country. On a single night in 2016, 549,928 …show more content…

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. There are two housing models that have been proven to effectively end homelessness. Permanent supportive housing, and rapid re-housing. Permanent supportive housing, is long-term rental assistance and supportive services. This type is targeted towards individuals and families with physical and mental health issues or substance abuse that have experienced long-term or repeated homelessness. Rapid re-housing provides short-term rental assistance and services. The goals are to help people obtain housing quickly, increase self-sufficiency and stay housed (EndingHomelessness.org). Housing is key to ending homelessness, there is simply not enough affordable housing and without this housing many homeless are likely to continue to cycle in and out of

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