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.
These homeless people are engineers, lawyers, doctors, and etc. Their careers and jobs are important to our society. The reason they became homeless are from missteps they took throughout their lives. Homelessness is not just about money and housing. It is about human rights failure.
Therefore, even people who have full-time jobs can be at risk. Under adverse conditions, even the most hard-working of people can fall into homelessness; unfortunately, it is often very difficult for these individuals to end the cycle of homelessness. Aiding someone in need is not “enabling” them to stay homeless; often, people may just need a small boost or a helping hand to become self-sufficient
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.
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
It is no longer perceived that homelessness is a problem of the substance abuser, idle, and mentally ill. Homelessness in Cleveland has been greatly affected by several factors that were resulted from severe economic and social situations. A particularly important factor is the lack of affordable housing and the economic situations that influenced the implementation of programs and policies intended to combat the social illness. As the number of the homeless increases, so does the causes of today’s
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. Homelessness has increased its number by at least a 1% since last year, reached nearly 554,000 people who are living in harsh conditions. The government and its policies/bans only harm the homeless instead of being beneficial to them. With the “City wide bans on camping in public have increased [along with the]… city wide bans on sleeping in public…, sitting or lying down in particular places…[and,] bands on sleeping in vehicles have [all] increased”(Wiltz). Instead of
Lastly, if people really want to help the homeless, give money to charities because it will help long term. Most homeless people use the money they are handed on drugs and alcohol, so you should not give your money to the homeless. An article titled, “Help the Homeless- don 't give them spare change” states that 80% of homeless people beg so they can get money and spend it on drugs. Most of these people who are buying drugs and alcohol are getting the powerful drugs such as crack, cocaine, heroin, super strength beers and ciders. These drugs cost a lot of money and are contributing to their addiction which is making it more difficult to get their life back on track.
Social impacts on the homeless person tend to be issues such as a lack of friends and family support, isolation from the local community due to the stigma attached to homelessness and a deterioration in morals, as they are more likely to be exploited by criminals. A report into youth homelessness (Crisis, 2012) states that 34% of youth homeless, ages 18-25, have committed a minor crime such as shop lifting in the hope of spending a night in police custody. A further 17% had skipped bail or committed a serious crime to receive a prison sentence to get them off the streets for a while. It also reported that 11% of females had engaged in an unwanted sexual encounter to spend a night inside in a bed. This is worrying as it is showing that homeless people are not just resorting to crime to maintain basic needs such as shoplifting food, but they are also engaging in crime and risky behaviour to have a night in a bed.