January 15 2014
Cause and Effect Homeless
According to the City of ville’s “10 Year Plan to End Homelessness,” "there is an epidemic of homelessness in our country-and in our community. More than 1,074 citizens were counted as homeless in ville and land County on a given day” (2008 Point in time Survey). The number of homeless people in our community is ridiculous. Living on the streets not only impacts the homeless negatively but also us as a society and our economy. There are many reasons on how a person can end up homeless. Lack of education, substance abuse, and the downward fall of our economy are just a few of many ways one could become homeless. Living in today's society it is crucial to have a salary based income rather than a hourly wage income. It is almost impossible to live healthy and decently with the cost of living today. Not only is your pay more concrete but you also will receive benefits. Benefits are most helpful in getting any kind of medical and health care which is very costly. To have a salary based income job you are normally required to have some type of college degree. With out any kind of high school diploma you cannot earn a degree in anything. In today’s society it is even hard to get a job “flipping burgers” as people say. Having an education is important in the ability to be able to provide for yourself and/or family. Substance abuse is a huge cause in one becoming homeless and a leading effect on one who has become homeless. When a person abuses drugs and or alcohol they tend to lose everything including their self. I have seen firsthand the effects of drugs causing a person to become homeless, and how the negative affect had a downward spiral in this person emotionally and physically. At this time in his life he lost everything and burnt every bridge he ever crossed. He had nowhere to go no one to turn to; he felt lost and alone and did not know what to do so he did the only...
Cited: ville/ land County. www.cityofville.org. 10 Year Plan to End Homelessness. Oct. 2013
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