Homelessness : Difficulty Escaping Poverty

1321 Words May 20th, 2016 6 Pages
Arjan Singh
Mrs. Woolcock
English IV-CP
May 19 2016
Homelessness: Difficulty Escaping Poverty
A homeless person is someone who lacks housing, including an individual who lives in a supervised public or private facility (What Is the Official Definition of Homelessness?). Being homeless means not having a place to call home, not having a stable income. It is not just individuals that can be homeless. There are millions of families living in poverty and on the streets all around the world, contrary to popular belief it is not an easy process to get out of homelessness.
Homelessness is a problem that exists in every country in the world even extremely progressive countries like the United States. Habitat for Humanity states in their article about housing facts from 2015 that “Today, 1.6 billion people live in inadequate shelter around the world; 1 billion of those live in informal settlements. More than 100 million people worldwide are homeless.” (World Habitat Day 2015 Key Housing Facts). Which means that about 20% of the world’s population does not have adequate shelter to live in. A lot of these people live in conditions that may harm their health and deprive them from opportunities. According to habitat for humanity’s article on homelessness, “by 2030 three billion people which is about 40% of the world’s population is going to need housing” and by 2050, 70% percent of the world’s population is going to need help accessing housing for them and their families. A Lot of the…
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