Causes of Homelessness Essay

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Causes of Homelessness
Bentley Martin
BSHS/302
July 16, 2011
Joey Schumacher

Causes of Homelessness
There are many factors that lead to poverty and homelessness. People often jump to conclusions and form stereotypes to look down upon those who are poor. Stereotypes include poor people who are viewed as lazy, jobless, criminals, or un-educated. When I think of a homeless individual, I would agree with most of the stereotypes and find within the reading and researching that there is more to just the mental perceived thoughts.
I think one big cause of being in poverty or being homeless is by the choices people make. By choices I mean the way that people choose to spend their money. A budget is hard for many in this type of
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A strategy to address this issue could be for schools to highlight the importance of a having a budget. This includes what a budget is, how to create one, and how to manage one. Perhaps if people were more educated on these kinds of things, our society would be more empathetic toward those that are less fortunate than us.
Unfortunately, poverty and homelessness is something that has been seen in our society for many generations. Back in the 1600’s homelessness was seen as a moral deficiency or a character flaw. People believed that back then if you were a good Christian, you had your needs met. Also, if you were homeless, you had to prove yourself to the town and show that you had worth. The workplaces had poor safety regulations and caused many deaths and injuries. This meant less people in the family working and in turn, meant less money for the family. This caused an increase in homeless youth because their parents could not afford to raise them. A situation like this would lead to generational poverty. This means that the poverty level was passed on through generation to generation. This is the hardest kind of poverty to get out of (Downtown Congregations to End Homelessness, 2011).
Another kind of poverty is situational poverty. This can because by an unexpected situation in your life happening that causes you to become homeless, like a natural disaster or house fire. This kind of poverty is easier to get out of, but is still
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