Homelessness Intervention Paper : Homelessness

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Homelessness Intervention Paper Identify the problem Poverty and homelessness are connected when individuals, families and the working poor attempt to live below the poverty threshold. The underprivileged and those living under the poverty threshold are “frequently unable to pay for housing, food, childcare, health care, and education” (nationalcoalitionforthehomeless.org). Housing accounts for a major percentage of income and often must be eliminated. “Two issues that contribute to increasing poverty are: eroding employment opportunities for large segments of the workforce and the declining availability of public assistance” (nationalcoalitionforthehomeless.org). The United States official definition of homelessness is: A homeless individual is defined as “an individual who lacks housing, including an individual whose primary residence during the night is a supervised public or private facility (e.g., shelters) that provides temporary living accommodations, and an individual who is a resident in transitional housing.” A homeless person is an individual without permanent housing who may live on the streets; stay in a shelter, mission, single room occupancy facilities, abandoned building or vehicle; or in any other unstable or non-permanent situation [Section 330 of the Public Health Service Act (42 U.S.C., 254b)]. According to the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), on any night over 600,000 people are homeless; it is estimated that approximately
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