Homelessness And The Homeless Population

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The United States spends over a billion dollars each year to assist homeless persons to find permanent supportive housing. Federal programs provide funding for specific sub-groups with the idea that providing housing for these groups will end the national problem. Without continued analysis of the social construction that hinders the homeless population, funding will not reach the target destination resulting in misplaced effort. This paper provides an informational and critical analysis of homelessness in the United States and the relationship between the number of homeless persons and multiple other factors. A study of the linear regression concludes that poverty and housing units are the two variables that interpret the fluctuations in the homeless count. Given this information, there is a need for further research in order to mitigate future increases in the homeless population.

Keywords: homelessness, income, housing, unemployment, veterans


Since the 1980s, the homeless population has increased (Link, Susser, Stueve, Phelan, Moore & Struening, 1994) with a perception that it affected certain populations in certain regions of the country (Rosenheck, 1994). Homelessness is defined as an individual who (a) lacks adequate nighttime residence; (b) resides in a place not designed or regularly used for sleeping accommodations for human beings; (c) lives in a shelter; (d) resides in a place not meant for human habitation and exiting an institution; (e) will
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