Chronic Homelessness : Homeless And Homeless

1778 Words Apr 15th, 2015 8 Pages
Natalie Arola

Ms. Madson

College Prep Composition

Chronic Homelessness

In 2010, approximately 107,289 were chronically homeless. The national decrease in chronic homelessness was only about 10.6% from 2008 to 2009. Most people may not realize the difference between being homeless and being chronically homeless. However, these two are very similar but also very different. According to the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), “chronically homeless individuals are those who have a disability, such as a mental illness, drug dependency, or a physical impairment, who have been living in a place unsuitable for habitation”(ECH pg. 1). Homelessness is a temporary condition where people can’t afford to pay for a place to live, or when a person’s house is not safe to live in. Some other factors that might come into being homeless are: job loss, physical or mental disabilities, and drug addiction (Dictionary.com). Chronic homelessness is a big problem in the United States, the Housing First Method will help to eliminate the amount of people in the United States that are chronically homeless.

According to Utah Data, people experiencing homelessness suffer from hardship of their condition, and also face discrimination fueled by stereotypes that people make about those who are chronically homeless(Day, pg. 4). These are just some common stereotypes that people will make about those who are faced with chronic homelessness. Most are single men that…
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