Homelessness has been a problem in American society for many generations. There are countless amounts of people who live without a permanent home and lack the basic essentials of life, such as food,water, and clothes. It is likely when you walk or drive in your city that you will encounter a homeless person. There are many factors that can lead to a individual or group of people to become homeless. These factors can be based off of one’s poor decision making, or just pure bad luck. There are many Reasons a person may become or end up homeless are endless from unemployment to natural disasters.
Homeless. When you hear this word what comes to your mind? What do you see? The homeless are people just like everyone else, just people who have lost sight of what their lives use to be. Before they became homeless they probably had a good job, a nice house, friends, and a family. No one knows what their life was before they became homeless, or how they ended up homeless. Homelessness can happen to anyone at any time
The definition of homelessness is, “Homelessness is the product of decades of failed social policy, lack of affordable or subsidized housing, entry level wages that have not kept pace with the cost of living, and the lack of opportunity to create something better by dint of simple hard
work”(Downing 8). Homelessness doesn’t exactly mean
Over the past decades homelessness has been around it has decreased slightly but has mostly increased.
The most commonly know reasons for an individual or family to end up without a permanent home is unemployment,low wages, drug and alcohol abuse, health issues, and lack of affordable housing.
Homelessness is, in fact, caused by tragic life occurrences like the loss of loved ones, job loss, domestic violence, divorce and family disputes. Other impairments such as depression, untreated mental illness, post traumatic stress disorder, and physical disabilities are also responsible for a large portion of the homeless. Many factors push people into living on the street. Acknowledging these can help facilitate the end of homelessness in America. ( top causes of homelessness. October 2 2018. Web. Home aid america).