Homeless in The United States

1309 WordsJun 21, 20186 Pages
Homelessness is a problem that happens in many different countries around the world. Definitions of homelessness are defined in different meanings by different people. However, the Stewart B. McKinney Act defines a homeless person as “ one who lacks a fixed permanent nighttime residence or whose nighttime residence is a temporary shelter, welfare hotel, or any public or private place not designed as sleeping accommodations for human beings” (McNamara 1025). It is impossible to find out exactly the number of homeless; however, the researchers can do a study to estimate that number. Based on different statistics from different researchers, the homeless population in America has been increasing as “an alarming rate” (Markos and Lima).…show more content…
Moreover, “approximately 63% of homeless women have experienced domestic violence in their adult lives” (qtd. National Network to End Domestic Violence). Mental illness, drugs or alcohol addiction can attribute to chronic homelessness. Mental illness is a result of being unable to work, and a third of homeless people are diagnosed mental disorder. Relationships with family and friends will be disrupted easily for people who are drug or alcohol addiction. Furthermore, they will lose their jobs, and their lives will be harder. In other hand, maybe they will become homeless if they continue using drug or alcohol without thinking about their futures. Veterans homeless is a large homeless group in America. Because of the results from the war, they returned to the society within bringing health problems such as mental illness or disable. Moreover, they are not only unable to get a job, but also they do not receive enough benefits to support for their lives. According to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, there are 131,000 veterans homeless on any given night, and they represent for one fourth and one-fifth of all homeless people (National Coalition for the Homeless, 2009). Every cause of homelessness has an equivalent effect. A lot of homeless people use illicit drug that is the first effect of homelessness. Their lives are so bored; as a result, they use drug as their joys. Tyler, Kort-Butler, and Swendener
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