Some have tried to estimate the extent of the homeless problem in the United States using many methods but they all have their limitations. There are many reasons why the homeless children population is so high. One of them being that there is such a lack of affordable housing. In Pennsylvania,
14. Over 15% of the homeless population in America is considered to be chronically homeless. This includes people who are disabled and have been homeless for more than a year. 15. Chronically homeless people are considered to be the most vulnerable of all the homeless population.
These two arguments are that homeless people have done or are doing things that society sees as morally unacceptable and that homeless people have received help from their social community and have not made efforts to make connections. These assumptions often give people a negative outlook on the homeless people, to which many people treat them as second class citizens. The homeless are also abused physically and verbally, by people who assume that their asking of assistance is an affront to the person at hand. This has created a bad stigma against the homeless population, who are often feared and even seen as and treated like
Homelessness is something that affects people of all ages, races, backgrounds and religions. The problem of homelessness is not something that only happens in the large cities, it happens everywhere. There are people with many different problems that force them to become homeless. Many homeless people never got an education because of today’s society. If you no do not live in a home you are not qualified to go to a good school.
A good question to ask about homeless people therefore is how do preconceived notions and stereotypes about homeless people cause city governments and it’s citizenry to treat them as inferiors who need to be hidden? Sometimes in our society, the homeless are stereotyped as homeless because they are to lazy to get a job and work hard. It seems a common belief in America that the benefits that life comes with almost always come after hard work. However, according to Wilson Dizard and Kristyn Martin of Al Jazeera America a quarter of the homeless population have employment at the time of their homelessness. “Hardworking yet still homeless in today’s America” focusses on the story of Julia Cooley, a mother of one who commutes to work a total of five hours a day, yet is still homeless when the work day is over (1).
There are several reasons why people become homeless mental disability and family violence just to name a couple. In 2012, UnitingCare was contacted 7600 times for access to homelessness services. Ten years prior (2002) the figure was almost half that, at 4000. UnitingCare
“Of the estimated 200,000 licensed foster homes, between 30–60% of foster parents drop out of foster parenting each year” (National Council For Adoption). Many foster parents choose to open their hearts and home to children to make a difference. Foster care parents are allowed to foster more than one youth in the home and they may come from different families, these parents may also have children of their own. The state pays these parents a fixed pay for the expenses of caring for the foster child however, not enough to make money. The ideal foster parents are motivated by a desire to help children in trouble.
Veterans and our soldiers are coming home from war or getting out of the military and when they get home they can’t afford rent or they have a mental disease from war. Homeless veterans tend to experience homelessness longer than non-veteran homeless. This should not be happening to our soldiers. This is very undesirable for our troops to come home and becoming homeless. They fight for our freedom and our rights and we repay them by becoming homeless.
Background Approximately, 1.4 million veterans are considered at risk of homelessness due to lack of support, mental/physical illness, shortage of affordable housing, livable income, etc. An organization known as Vetshouse Incorporated has worked diligently since 1992 to house over 800 homeless veterans in Virginia Beach, Virginia. Vetshouse Incorporated consists of two duplexes that commune homeless veterans for a twelve month span in order to increase job placement and encourage professional development. Majority of the money used to fund Vetshouse comes from donations and fundraising events. The purpose of Helping Our Patriots (H.O.P.)
Homelessness in America has become a traumatic way of life for so many over the past decade and has changed tremendously since the Great Depression. During those times, many of the homeless were either elderly or white and now you will find homelessness doesn’t discriminate and that it can consist of any race, age or gender. What is homelessness? According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, “a homeless person is defined as an individual who lacks housing (without regard to whether the individual is a member of a family). Including an individual whose primary residence during the night is a supervised public or private facility (e.g., shelters).