Outline of Speech: Homelessness in America
July 11, 2011
When you think of a homeless person do you think of a drug addict or an alcoholic? II.
To inform my audience on homelessness and what brings a person to become homeless. III.
There are many different circumstances that causes a person to become homeless it isn’t always caused by drugs or alcohol.
Who is homeless?
Families with children. 30%
Children under 18 years old 39%
Victims of domestic violence 15%
Mental Illness 26%
Addiction disorders 30%
Causes of homelessness.
A. Poverty, less job opportunities, economic downturn.
1. Up to 25% of homeless are employed.
2. “Homelessness is an extreme manifestation of poverty.” (Baumohl, 1996, p. 120). B. Foreclosures
C. Cuts to federal housing assistance. (HUD)
1. Fewer housing units are available according to the National Coalition for the Homeless (2009), “about 200,000 rental housing units are destroyed annually” due to budget cuts. D. Addictions, Alcohol, and drugs.
E. Mental Disorders
F. Domestic Violence
G. Health crises
The effects of homelessness on the individual
Shorter life span
Death rate is 4x higher among the homeless then the sheltered. B.
Children and teens have emotional and developmental problems 1.
Makes it almost impossible to learn at school
More jail time.
Better employment opportunities
Expansion of education and training programs
Increase the minimum wage
Provide more low income housing and funding.
"The problem of homelessness is rooted in the failure of this nation to address its low-income housing problems, particularly the gap between housing costs and income available to pay them" (Baumohl, 1996, p. 45).
I have explained to you how homelessness is caused and...
References: National Coalition for the Homeless (July, 2009). Why are people homeless. Retrieved from http://www.nationalhomeless.org/factsheets/why.html
National Coalition for the Homeless (July, 2009). Who is Homeless. Retrieved from http://www.nationalhomeless.org/factsheets/who.html
Baumohl, J. (1996). Homelessness in America. Phoenix, AR. Oryx Press.
National Alliance to End Homelessness. Cost of Homelessness. Retrieved from
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