The Causes of Homelessness in the U.S
Nawaf Saif Almoeini
University Preparatory Program
January 16th, 2015
“In 2010, … the U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness issued a comprehensive plan to eradicate homelessness for all people through interagency collaboration and aligning mainstream services. A key goal is to prevent and end homelessness for all families, youth, and children within 10 years” (Bassuk, 2010, P.496). Homelessness is a situation that a person who could not afford a life and decide to beg people for help and money. Why do people become homeless is a complex question and the answer is that each person has a unique story that describes there experience. There are many reasons why some people become homeless specifically in the United States Some of the reasons are addiction and misuse of drugs, mental illness, and low-paying jobs. One of the reasons why people become homeless is because of substance abuse. Nowadays, almost half of teenagers have been using drugs illegally or have been involved at one point. For example, there are around 14 million teenagers and adults that are using illegal drugs in the United Stated, which makes up six point three percent of the inhabitancy. In one month, it has been reported that about ten percent of young people are using and abusing illegal substance. (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration [SAMHSA], 2001)(Liddle&Rowe, 2003, P.97). This causes lots of problems between children and their parents, because their parents may get disappointed in their kids and get mad at them. When they find out that their kids are doing wrong things such as drinking too much alcohol and smoking marijuana, it can bring big expectation to their parents and most likely these teenagers are going to be kicked out of their house. This is why many children become homeless as they are miss leaded in life by drugs. Some people are homeless due to their mental illness issues. To have a mental illness around the world and in America is regularly occurred. Approximately around quarter of the people that live in America will be suffering from diagnosable mental illnesses in the future, and most of them are eighteen years old and above (Caton, 1990, P.61). It is very difficult to control and deal with people who are carrying such type of problems. They do everything that comes to their mind and sometimes do not listen to others who worry about them, so people should expect anything actions from them. In addition, people who suffer from mental illness might not get a job, so they prefer to look for money because they do not have any other choice except asking other people for money by being on the streets. At the same time, it is important to note that not all people with mental illness are homeless and not all people who are homeless report a mental illness. Not being financially set is a big problem for a person. For example as a result of everything being too expensive; for instance, telephone’s bills, electricity’s bills and water’s bills; a person may not be able to pay them. Therefore for instance if a person cannot afford to pay the mortgage and does not meet the requirements then the government is going to take action by taking the house and forces them to leave, then a person easily become homeless, because they have no place to live anymore. There are many people who work every day of the week who still do not make enough money to pay for rent and bills, not including money for food, healthcare and many other necessities that a person must have. People whom their incomes are not enough to meet there needs for living, they tend to end up in poverty, which is also called the poverty line that is the step before getting fully losing everything and becoming poor. Overall the life dependency is fully on the financial status of a person as money can buy all the needs for a person. Due to the massive...
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