In the article “Ignoring Homeless Families,” Greg Kaufman claims that increasing family homelessness is not an accident, rather it is the result of the horrible decision made together by us, the people of the nation, and the Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to “abandon homeless children and their families.” First and foremost, Kaufmann’s main point in the article is to explain why family homelessness is increasing. Well, it is the result of the decision made by us and the HUD and also because we are focusing our “fiscal and human capital” only on single adults. The statistics provided by Kaufmann prove the previous point made because there has been a 13 percent decline in “chronically homeless single adults,” whereas at the
Homelessness is a problem our society has, we try very hard at managing it, but what we need to do is try to solve it. Some of the ways we try to solve it is by housing the
Lost Angels: Skid Row is My Home was indeed an insightful documentary. Prior to reading about Skid Row in Module 7.3 (Buns, 2013) and watching this documentary, I did not know that Skid Row’s purpose was to keep the homeless population concentrated in certain areas away from the rest of society, so no one is bothered by their presence.
The Homelessness Iniiatives and Prevention Services is responsible for figuring out how the funds for the problem are being used. They can be contacted by enabling email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org, they can also be contacted by calling 416-392-9093 regarding street homes, 416-392-4126 regarding housing stability services or 416-392-7198 regarding service system planning and integrity unit.
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.
After the great depression and the crash of 2008, the number of homeless people has risen. Luckily, during recent times, the rate of homelessness has decreased. However, the economy is still deeply affected by homelessness through housing and sheltering projects and medical issues. These costs a lot of money and negatively affects the economy.
Homelessness is one the most ignored problems in the United States with citizen and politician. Homeless people are walked by and ignored. Nobody ever thinks that they will be homeless. Due to the economy, people live paycheck to paycheck making house payments very difficult. Most people will want to believe most homeless people are drug addicts or alcoholics, but most people will be surprise to know that it is no all true. Veterans with PTSD (Post-traumatic stress disorder) have a high risk of becoming homeless. Homelessness is cause by drug and alcohol dependencies, the economy and veterans who suffers from PTSD or other forms of mental illness.
According to Chumir (2008), Canadian governments should “address homelessness and inadequate housing as a national emergency” (p. 11) Chumir suggested that Canada restore or expand social housing programs for those in need. This includes improving and accurately insisting on anti-discrimination legislation in the field of housing, increasing shelter allowances and social support rates to reasonable levels, and providing enough support services for individuals with disabilities. Another reason why housing and homelessness requires a federal strategy is that poverty has become a major causal factor in homelessness. Dealing with Canada’s growing income gap is essential to addressing both housing affordability and homelessness. Thus, we need governments, especially our federal government, to meet them halfway. We need a national plan on housing and homelessness.
The issue of homelessness in America has been evident since the early 1600’s. Across the country men, women and children spend their nights on the streets not knowing when or if they will ever find a permanent home. States and federal officials or city councils have tried to alleviate or at least reduce the number of homeless over the last several decades at a city, state or national level but it continues to be an ongoing problem. There is a multitude of factors that account for the growing homeless population that affects each state in the country differently. Though there are many contributing factors that contribute to the amount of people living on the street at any given night in the U.S. An effective way to address the problem of homelessness in America is to continue creating affordable housing, maintaining assistance programs, and continue creating workforce
Looking at society as a whole with individual units that work together to make society function efficiently is the structural functionalism concept. Each unit has a part and is describe as institutions such as family, religion, education, politics, economy and inequality. Because structural functionalism looks at social structure and patterns of behavior it is able to create values for society. As well as, distinguish between visible and suppressed problems within the social structures that may need to be addressed. For instance, homelessness is indication of dysfunction in structural functionalism system.
You see people on the streets begging for money, and a lot of time people question why don’t they just get a job. It’s consistently thought that a simple solution to being homeless is getting a job. If you need money than go work for it. This is an oversimplification and makes it seem as if it’s easy to solve homelessness. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics found that about 4.1% of the population is unemployed. This translate to over twelve million people looking for jobs. When employers want to hire people, not have a permanent residency and lacking a mode of transportation makes you look unreliable. When compared to someone else who has a car and place to live, employers don’t have to think twice about who they want to hire. Also many homeless people have a mental illness or disability making them unable to have a job. Even those with a job are unable to make a sustainable living off it. Wages are so low that one must work at least two jobs but with housing prices being so high, it makes find a place to live extremely hard. Washington and California have some of the highest minimum wage standards but even that is not a livable wage. We as a society have simplified a solution because many of us do not understand the complex issues that these circumstances
During the recent years homelessness has increased eminently. Although homelessness is not a new phenomenon it has become a huge social issue in today’s society. In urban areas homelessness is visible by the masses but ignored by society’s negative perception. Characterized as unstable individuals, alcoholics and criminals by society, these negative stereotypes have only escalate the issue. Homeless can occur at any stage of life for multitude of factors. Disabled individuals, veterans and families are some of the demographic that is affected by homelessness. Physical ailments such as malnutrition, lack of hygiene, undiagnosed diseases and/or disorders can be detrimental. Mental disorders such as depression can develop due to the harsh circumstances of living on the streets. The lack of support, affordable housing and medical care that homeless individuals are receiving are prime examples of the need for compassionate and dedicated social workers to assist homeless individuals in regaining hope, purpose, and to evoke the strength within themselves. Living in shelters or public areas, homeless individuals are extremely resilience. On a daily basis homeless individuals must find new ways to survive to constantly changing
Vulnerable populations are those with a greater risk of developing health conditions. These groups may have difficulty accessing healthcare because of sociocultural status, limited economic resources, geographic, or characteristics such as age, gender (****). This separation puts members of these groups at risk for not obtaining necessary medical care and thus creates a possible threat to their health. Vulnerable populations include some group like chronically ill, people with HIV/AIDS, mentally ill and disabilities, substance abusers and homeless groups population. For example, disadvantaged and poor working individuals who are unable to obtain health care due to their immigrant status also ethnic minority groups, typically discriminated against even though they have successful careers, higher education and
When a homeless man goes in for a job interview, he will feel as if he does not have a shot, due to not having the proper knowledge. His background will not be able to support him, and if he does not have a place to call ‘home’, how would the company be able to make sure he will show up every day, and how he would get there? Society should be helping the homeless out and giving them the knowledge they need, so they can get back on their feet. Helping even the slightest bit would get some homeless to start pushing forward in life to make sure their futures are better that what it looks at the moment. Everyone has to start somewhere.