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
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.
Lack of housing means lack of income which usually means lack of food, so these people often do not know where or how to buy their next meal. Homelessness is a very complex problem that many governments have strived to abolish. In this essay, I will explain the situation of this homeless problem, the main causes of this problem, the problems that homeless people face, the effects that the homeless have on the society have on us, what different organizations and countries around the world have done to solve this problem and finally, the best way to help these people. According to the United Nations, there are roughly 100 million people worldwide with no shelter at all. However, there are also more than 1.5 billion people living in places with inadequate conditions.
Rosemary takes pride in her lifestyle, as various other homeless people do too. This is the problem for many homeless people. They continue to live in poverty because of their pride, and they refuse to get financial help that could get them back on their feet. All of Rosemary’s life, she has lived in poverty, with little to no financial support. “People become homeless when they don’t have a support system to help them weather a normal crisis.” (Understanding homelessness).
Finally, another major issue involved with homelessness is the safety of the populations of homeless individuals. Accomodation for the masses is a major issue when one is confronted with the issue of homelessness. Where are all of these people meant to stay, if not the streets? One answer comes in shelters, but the current shelters available in most cities are often lackluster and not the best places to stay. “The women noted that shelters currently available lack the necessary requirements of basic accommodation,” (Walsh et al.)
Detroit neighborhoods are filled with broken, abandoned homes with most of them having a dumpster on the front lawn. People leave their homes and commit crimes to gain access to money, drugs, etc. Raiders come through these neighborhoods, looking through these homes for anything of value, like jewelry. Homes in this condition go for as low as $500, which affects the poverty rate even more. The school system in Detroit doesn’t help kids from staying away from illegal things and push them towards more education after high school.
Most homelessness is based from a lack of education, substance abuse, and/or unemployment. Education is life in the modern world and without that you are basically useless. There is a major substance abuse epidemic happening around the world right now and it is causing lots of people to become homeless. Along with substance abuse, people also find themselves homeless because of the recent raise in unemployment rates. Without jobs you cannot afford to live the life you want.
CONSEQUENCES OF HOMELESSNESS ON THE STATE: 1) Reduction in valuable manpower. Since some people are relegated to the background because they are homeless, this causes shortage of valuable manpower as a result of social exclusion. 2) Since people are left idle and homeless because of joblessness, they are forced to be involved in crime such as theft and pick pocketing. 3) Homelessness increases state responsibilities. This may be as a result of natural disasters like floods and landslides increase state responsibilities because the government has to provide temporary residence to victims.
Approximately 1200 people leaving the forces every year experience homelessness (Royal British Legion, ND) it is claimed that many of these people are becoming homeless soon after leaving the forces is due to psychological disorders. Although this claim has been made by the Royal British Legion it is also acknowledged that it can be uncertain due to the itinerancy of the homeless community and the lack of will to seek treatment for their issues. The psychological effects of being homeless, such as stress and sadness, can cause the person to spiral if they are already suffering with mental health problems which can make an issue become hard to treat. The psychological impacts can cause homeless people to develop
Poverty Around The World What is the poverty? Some people consider themselves to be poor not being able to buy a bigger house or a more expensive car, but there are some people out there cannot even afford to buy some groceries for their children. According to The World Bank Organization, poverty is hunger, a lack of shelter, being sick and not being able to see a doctor, not having the access to school and not knowing how to read. Poverty is not having a job, in fear for future, living one day at a time. (What is Poverty?)
When homelessness occurs, it takes a toll on both the homeless individuals and the community in which they reside in. According to the City of Colorado Springs (2013), it costs $57,760 to serve a single chronically homeless individual within our community. This cost includes medical treatment, incarceration, police intervention, and emergency response. Further research by the city suggests that price can drop as much as $30,000 annually when a homeless individual is placed in a permanent supportive housing unit (City of Colorado Springs, 2013). Looking away from the monetary value this problem brings, those who live within the homeless community are in need of support.
Aboriginal women are account for 35 percent of the homeless Aboriginal population while non-Aboriginal women are accounted for 27 percent of non Aboriginal homeless population (Walsh et al, 2012) The cycling between poverty, homelessness, and incarceration exist because, in social services are unavailable or inadequate to meet the needs or women and men prior to them coming into conflict with the criminal justice system. This includes education, foster care and systems both of which play critical roles in the lives of young people. Programs for the homeless are still lacking and those that are available within the institution often have a long wait lists (Walsh et al, 2012). We need programs to start allowing Aboriginal people to connect or reconnect with traditional Aboriginal culture is imperative to break the cycle and allow them to begin another journey (Walsh et el, 2012). For many Aboriginal people change was rooted in a spiritual reconnection to their cultural teachings.
Us as people we need to step up our game of helping the homeless. According to the article “10 Facts about Homelessness” stated Domestic violence is a leading cause of homelessness among women.Meaning “more than 90 percent of homeless women are victims of severe physical or sexual abuse, and escaping that abuse is a leading cause of their homelessness”. According to The article “10 Facts about Homelessness” states Many people are homeless because they cannot afford rent. Meaning people can’t afford the money to buy a rented home to live in so that they can stay healthy and happy and have
Many people believe that a majority of the homeless population is filled with people who don 't want to contribute to society. This couldn 't be further than the truth. Several of the homeless are people who 've lost their jobs or family members and don 't have sufficient funds to support themselves. Marc Santos states, "He took the streets after his mother died and could not find a place to live." This proves that many of these people are faced with difficulties and because of this how can one oppress them into shelters.
In 2016, Los Angeles County saw an increase in homeless people by 5.7% from 2015, according to the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority. Unless something is done about this, the number of homeless people will only continue to keep growing. It is time to stop this pattern. Because of gentrification and other economic factors, it is becoming more difficult for low-income and working class people to find affordable housing. The lack of affordable housing is one of the many causes of homelessness and also prevents homeless people from improving their situation.