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.
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.
I. Introduction Homelessness has become an ever-growing problem in the United States that has seen many states troubled with ways to solve it. Being homeless is the state of not having a fixed or permanent and regular place of residence. Homelessness is a major crisis in the United States because it not only affects the homeless but also those surrounding them. The homeless people will have to borrow from other people or steal from them to survive.
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 is less homeless people now then there was. Some things are still the same. For example, there are still charities that help the homeless. Today, there are also charities that can help you find a job if you are in need. The Great Depression impacted thousands of people and their
Many different factors greatly affect the high number of homeless people today. One of the biggest causes of homelessness is the lack of affordable housing. Affordable housing is essential for low-income families who cannot afford to pay high rent and support their families at the same time. In 2015 today affordable housing is not readily available for the families who need it most. The second cause of homelessness which is greatly connected to the lack of affordable housing is the rise of rent.
Throughout the United States, the amount of homeless people is gradually increasing as the years go by. Roughly, a half million people are living on the streets, in cars, homeless shelters, or in transitional housing. Many people who are homeless lack one important thing: a job with a steady income. There are numerous arguments as to why these people do not obtain these jobs, reasons such as not having an address for applications or not being able to look presentable to the public on duty. For whatever the reason may be, these people need an immense amount of guidance and support available from their community that surrounds them.
The current government is creating a situation where more families along with their children are experiencing homelessness. An individual may be considered homeless when they lack permanent housing and have to stay in shelters, abandoned buildings or vehicles, on the streets, or in other forms of unstable situations. Many homeless people start out with jobs and stable residences, but then social and economic factors intervene, causing a rapid change in their living situation causing them to leave, and live on the street. Even with the population of homeless keeps increasing, the government does not aid nor benefit the homeless because they only worsen the homeless problem by having laws that go against homelessness, not helping mentally ill homeless population, and having the lack of subsidized housing. 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.
Without a place to stay at night, the homeless have to sleep in parks or in other residential areas where they get criminalized for “loitering”. Overcrowding can be seen as the root of the problem in the criminalization of the homeless; the homeless find themselves in parks or in public bathrooms where they get criminalized for supposed illegal activity. Furthermore the numbers of the homeless are growing because of the loss of jobs and homes; reported by Bobbie Ibarra from Huffington Post. Ibarra says how today people become homeless when they suddenly fall behind in their rent or mortgage payments due to a medical or economic emergency, and find themselves unable to catch up because wages today are often not sufficient to meet basic needs. With the homeless population growing increasingly and shelters being overcrowded it leaves very few options for the homeless.
You’ve seen stories about homelessness and that it is a major problem that gets overlooked too many times. We’ve all seen someone lying on the street, hopeless and lost. That person is one of the “75,000 people sleeping on the streets in American cities, and