A Survey On Homelessness And Poverty

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According to a recent point in time by a survey provided by the National Alliance to End Homelessness, an estimated 740000 individuals are experiencing homelessness at any particular time in America (Aratani). Additionally, an approximated 3.5 million individuals are at risk of experiencing temporary homelessness at a certain point in a particular year with some 1.35 million children based on the report by the National Law Center on Homelessness and Poverty (Aratani).
In 2005, 50 percent of the cities in the US were surveyed and reported domestic violence, classified as a traumatic life event, to be the primary cause of homeless (Philipps). The cities that were surveyed include Cedar Rapids, Chicago, Los Angeles, Burlington, Nashville, St. Paul, Salt Lake City, San Antonio, Trenton, Seattle, and Nashville. In addition, a survey carried out in 2003 about the homeless mothers across the country found out that one quarter had been abused physically in the past year and nearly all had witnessed or experienced domestic violence over their lifetimes (Fertig). Another report indicated that 47 percent of the homeless school aged children as well as 29 percent of the homeless children under the age of 5 have witnessed domestic violence in the families. Another study carried out in 10 cities indicated that 22 percent of the individuals who had left their last residence was because of domestic violence.
While the common impression is that the homeless individuals are mainly episodic…
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