Causes of Homelessness in San Antonio

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There are an estimated 2,981 homeless people in San Antonio each day. Out of these, 1,243 were unsheltered and a staggering 31% of those are people with families. In addition, the average age of a homeless child in San Antonio is 6 years old. An overall picture shows that homelessness has dropped nearly four percent from 2012 to 2013. Further, an average of 610,042 people are homeless across the United States on any given night. “Of that number, 36 percent – 222,197 people – were in families, representing a drop of 7 percent for that group” (Chappell, 2013, p. #). More than a third of these people were not found in shelters, abandoned buildings, cars, or under bridges. Although, there has been a small decline in homelessness,…show more content…
The goal is to help individuals gain and keep permanent housing. In addition, it will also offer an In-House Recovery Program, which is dedicated to helping free individuals from substance abuse. How would someone know if they were eligible? First, the individual would need to verify they are homeless, (someone who lacks a fixed, regular, or adequate nighttime residence and lacks sufficient means or support system to obtain housing). Next, they would need to be 18 years or older with a government-issued ID. They would also need to be sober and be able to care for themselves independently. Also, they would need to be willing to commit to working with a case manager toward a goal of sustained, self-sufficient life and willing to participate in activities geared at achieving self-sufficiency. The goal would be to help people obtain the resources and support they need to obtain permanent housing. Their stay is determined on their engagement towards that goal. The homeless are impacted far more by everyday issues than those who are not. Often times, homeless children can be sick four times as much as middle class children and have superior rates of acute and recurring illnesses. In addition, they experience emotional and behavioral problems can hinder with learning at almost three times the rate of other children. “Homeless children between 6 and 17 years struggle with high rates of mental health problems. For example, 47% have problems
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