Homelessness : A Homeless Person Is Simply Defined As A Person Who Does Not Have An Adequate Residence

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Homelessness in America A homeless person is simply defined as a person who does not have an adequate residence. Ever since I was a child I have been fascinated with the homeless. I would see them sleeping on the streets when my mom drove me to church on Sunday mornings and I remember asking my mom a lot of questions about the homeless. They intrigued me. I couldn’t fathom why people were living on the side of the road or under bridges and did not have a home to live in. I always wanted to help in whatever way I could because I felt sorry for them. My mom and I had many talks about homeless people. According to the website www.hudexchange.info, “On a single night in January 2013, 610,042 people were homeless in the United States.” However, this number may not represent all of the homeless because many cannot be accounted for. If they have no ID and do not stay in a shelter they are omitted from the statistics. Interestingly, half of the country’s homeless population lives in Texas, California, Massachusetts and New York. (thinkprogress.org). So, why are there so many homeless people in America?
The major factors contributing to the homeless in America are; mental illness, substance abuse, domestic violence and the lack of affordable housing. Most people would think of a homeless person just as a bum and not think about the different hardships they have been through that lead them where they are.
Mental Illness
People who suffer from an untreated mental…

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