Homelessness in the United States is a problem that continues to grow and one that needs to be addressed. There are many issues that lead to homelessness, these issues must be determined and a solution put in place so that the epidemic does not continue. People become homeless due to economic problems, domestic violence, lost jobs and physical abuse. Regardless of the reason someone is homeless, everyone deserves a fair chance.
Homelessness has been an issue since the mid-1600s. This was the first time America created a series of institutions for poor or homeless individuals and families. During this time, homelessness was seen as a flaw in a person’s charter (Bornstein 2). It was generally believed a good Christian would naturally have their needs met. Because of this, many homeless people were looked down on, and rarely received any help.
The United States has the largest number of homeless children. It is estimated that 200,000 children have no place to live on a daily basis (Stockley 42). Children experiencing homelessness are sick four times more often than other children, they go hungry at twice the rate of other children. In addition, they are more obese than other children and they have three times the rate of emotional and behavioral problems compared to non-homeless children (Stockley 41).
There are a number of solutions that could be put in place to help end homelessness. More homeless shelters should be built so that families have a place to go each and every day. Currently, conditions in shelters are such that a people and families do not want to stay there. The shelters need to be clean and inviting. In addition, rules should be put in place that do not allow persons in the shelter that abuse drugs or alcohol. Fighting should not be tolerated. Most children that are in homeless shelters have seen or been victims of violence. This violence has long term effects on the mental well-being of children. The...
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