Youth homelessness in Canada is not a new phenomenal, it has become more and more severe over the past 20 years. “One third of homeless individuals on the streets are under the age of 25”(Cino, Rose). It is a significant social justice issue in Canada. Within our community people are increasingly aware of the sight of youth sleeping in parks, asking for money and sitting on sidewalks. Youth homelessness is caused by tragic life occurrences such as abuse, illness or unemployment, while many falsely assume homelessness is a choice.
Homelessness is a worldwide problem however, in Canada the population of homeless people is higher. Homelessness is the situation in which a person or family is unable to provide a stable, appropriate housing for themselves. The Homelessness in Canada has grown in size and complexity by 1997. This issue is often popular around urban centers such as Montreal, Laval, Vancouver, Edmonton, Calgary, and Toronto. By the end of the 20th century it was discovered that men included enormous majority of homeless persons previously; now both men and children represent the fastest growing population of the homeless by the youth. Recently, homelessness has become a major social issue in Canada. Throughout the essay, the causes and significance of homelessness in Canada will be discussed as well as the history of the homelessness in Canada.
A historical example of the use of enforcement and regulation of the poor is vagrancy laws. Emerging in England, vagrancy laws were prominent in 1349 after the Black Death resulted in a significant labour shortage (Esmonde, 2002). Legislation was enacted at this time to protect landowners by ensuring wages remained reasonable, making the refusal of work a criminal offence for the able-bodied, and restricting the solicitation of alms (Esmonde, 2002). According to Esmonde (2002), this was the beginning of criminalizing able-bodied individuals who were unemployed – the 'undeserving ', while providing relief to those unable to work due disability, age, or mobility – the 'deserving '.
Homelessness is an unsolved issue occurring day to day, worldwide. What the main focus of this essay will be are the homeless youth in Canada dealing with drug addiction and substance use. Homelessness is a rising problem here in Canada, there are 10,000 homeless youth on the street, a guaranteed 2000 on any given night. There are so many different aspects you have to deal with along being homeless, not only are they living life on the streets without a shelter, food or money, but the challenges they face daily just adds to it. They face physical abuse, verbal abuse, police brutality, weather changes, starvation, stress, addictions, mental illness, and other various problems.
Homelessness can be a detrimental experience as a result of being exposed to constant stress and unpredictable weather. It may lead to families and individuals having to find a temporary refuge in an unsafe environment, or obtain food from resources that can be harmful. Individuals and families caught in these predicaments frequently are ineptitude in areas of housing stability, managing money skills, coping skills, and support systems which would be significant in helping them modify hardships. As a result, a vast proportion of homeless families, individuals, and children have been exposed to a variety of traumatic occurrences such as childhood abuse, domestic violence, combat-related trauma, sexual assault, and the like.
The Homeless In Toronto is a growing problem that affects many people including the government. The homeless in Toronto is a difficult sight to see; John Tory, the city mayor has noted his embarrassment to seeing this growing issue on the streets of Toronto. There are various ways that this issue effects the city, through the economy, the environment, jobs, stores along with having a social impact on the city. One would assume that all the money raised by various charities would lead to a decrease in the amount of homeless individuals, but there has been no notably large difference.
Homelessness in New York City has undoubtedly changed tremendously since the 1990’s. In 2015 today it is no secret that there is a huge homelessness crisis in New York City. We see them on most if not every train ride either asking for money, food or in a corner using the rain as a form of shelter. Often time’s people look down upon homeless people and think they all have mental or drug issues or didn't work hard enough to make it on this place where people come to so called have a better life. Although it might be true that these homeless people might acquire these issues it is imperative for us to understand how to go to the positions they are in today. In the 1990’s although homelessness did exist it wasn't as extreme as it is today. We might be surprised to know that certain people that we see working the low paying jobs or even certain students at school might be homeless.
While circumstances can vary, an individual’s first choice is rarely to choose homelessness due to the inability to afford housing or other unforeseen circumstances. The support of friends, family, and community programs/shelters are first suggestions when a person becomes displaced. When these suggestions become inadequate, living on the streets is the next favorable/affordable option. According to the National Alliance to End Homelessness, on a night in January of 2015, there were 564,708 people homeless in the United States (para 3). On a larger scale, more than one million people are homeless in America and of that population, 50 percent are chronically addicted to alcohol, drugs, or both (Substance abuse mental health, 2011 para 6). Research has brought more attention to risk factors that contribute to homelessness such as the epidemic of substance abuse.
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. By bringing awareness and hopefully an end to youth homelessness, society will not only help get these youth off the streets,
With the increased use of housing-based assistance programs being created, there is a positive outlook for homeless looking for assistance getting back on their feet by acquiring affordable housing. The ability to apply and gain benefits through state and federal programs is helping to provide food and some financial assistance to the homeless population as well as a community outreach programs being deployed in cities all over the country. New opportunities for employment and training are available for those who are homeless and looking to get back into the workforce and get off the street. The road ahead for the homeless population is, of course, paved with struggles and detours, but with the continued efforts of our country, states and communities we can work together to aid in the reduction of homelessness with the continued efforts in creating and maintaining affordable housing programs, assistance programs, and workforce development
Homelessness is a serious problem all over the world. Every country feels the effects. Homelessness is generally worse in areas with a poor economy, but it varies from city to city. Since homelessness can be a very general topic, homelessness in Toronto will be the focus. In order to end homelessness, new tactics needs to be explored. These tactics include finding more funds, trying another approach to giving homeless people homes, funding more rehabilitation and more. First off, a program that is called "housing first" would be the main goal as well as funding rehabilitation to help people with alcohol or drug addictions. The "housing first" program is a program that puts those who are homeless in an apartments for a fraction of the regular cost until they can get back on their feet. With a fixed address, those who were once homeless can not only have a home, but will also have access to more health-care services, social services and, most importantly, jobs. Something else that needs to be done is battling addiction. While living on the streets, people
In the community the attitude towards young people being homelessness is great as they are wanting to help young people in need. There are lots of youth services that help young people that are homelessness due to something that has been tragic leading them to being homelessness. The services value a young person’s personal values and help them out in any way they can. The impact of youth services is a great impact on a young person as they change young people’s lives by providing them with food, education and a job if that is the case. I strongly people that young people being homeless should not be happening to the young Australians. I believe that there should be a compulsory subject that is taught to students towards what to do you are felling that leaving house it the best outcome form a situation between their parents. The services that they can go to, that will help them out in any situation so that later on they don’t become
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
Homelessness is a significant complex societal problem. Many people think homelessness is an individual problem, but I think society has a large factor on why people become homeless. Individuals who are homeless are not lazy like most of society thinks. These people are struggling with societal problems such as living costs and mostly cannot support themselves financially. In my eyes, Homelessness is a factor of societal forces such as high cost of housing and living and also society having failed systems to support people who are stuck in these sorts of situations. Because of these issues, society should develop better strategies to help these people in need to eliminate the growing poverty level through the world. These strategies could include
Research tells us that more than eighty percent of the massive homeless population include children, women, and families that experience a life-altering event such as a natural disaster, abuse, job loss, or medical condition that makes these people homeless left to fin for themselves on the streets. Most of the time all these people who are homeless need a second chance to come back into the world and live a normal life with family and friends. These people need to secure self-sufficiency, and acquire some form of permanent