The Epidemic Of Homelessness In America

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According to the National Coalition for the Homelessness, approximately 3.5 million people experience homelessness in a given year. Over 500,000 people were recorded homeless in the United States in 2015. In just our 5 months into 2016, we have already doubled that number. There 's now well over 100 million homeless people in the US. Roughly 300,000 of those people are children. Homelessness alters people 's lives in many ways. It is an epidemic that is beginning to spread into the industrialized countries. “The world of the homeless is a tough and interesting world.” says actor Paul Dano. There’s a lot that happens around the world that we cannot control. In America, people will become homeless by three main factors; structural factors,…show more content…
Individual and relational factors are the circumstances that affect people on a personal level. This can include traumatic events such as, a house fire, job loss, personal health issues and addiction. In most situations, homelessness is caused by many factors, rather than one. Even a broken down car, lack of vehicle insurance or unpaid tickets could be enough to render someone homeless. James D. Watson explains, “I have a son, who is not an ordinary form of schizophrenia, but clearly cannot take care of himself. And the great fear of then, of all parents, is when the parents die, who takes care of your child? And the answer is: they become…show more content…
Though some homeless people came to be that way by their own actions, everyone deserves a home and a meal each night. There 's plenty of ways we can help them. If we all pitched in, we could make a real difference. Whenever you see a homeless person, inform them of the shelters nearby, bring them food, money, clothes or anything that can make a difference in their life. Helping the homeless is truly a rewarding feeling. There 's many organizations like, the National Coalition for the Homeless and the National Alliance to end Homelessness, where you can donate money or items to help someone in need. If you really want to get involved, you can do things like volunteering at shelters, tutoring homeless children, cooking them meals or even just being there for them. Find one and ask them about their day. Letting them know they 're not alone could save a life. Helping just one homeless person could start the chain reaction we need to
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