Homelessness Paper

2330 Words Sep 7th, 2008 10 Pages
Homelessness is defined as “An Individual who lacks a fixed regular and adequate nighttime residence”, (Burt, 1989, p.17). Have you ever stopped to wonder how many people are Homeless? Who are most at risk to fall into this situation? I highly doubt it. While most people really do not care and ignore homeless people, others look at them as motivation, people whom they do not want to become. Another question that comes to mind is, how do homeless people survive and what are their legal rights. What causes people to become Homeless is it a choice or a failure of society? Do homeless individual have the same perspective on life and show the same emotions as ordinary people do. What can we do to help stop homelessness? These are the topics …show more content…
Over time they turned their lives around and were able to obtain a small yet comfortable apartment where she lived with her mother. When my cousin told me all that she went through I felt sorry for what had happened, but she said “It was an experience that I do not wish upon anyone, but it also made me appreciate all the little things that I did not have when I was in the shelter”, (Machado, 2005). This goes to show you that it can happen to anyone, but it becomes an individual’s choice whether to get out of it or simply stay homeless. For the most part I believe that children are most at risk of becoming homeless. An adult man or woman can manage being homeless out in the streets. This would not be the case if it were a child, because a child can not make decisions or have any notion of survival skills. Homeless people are often found in various places. Some of these places include libraries, shelters, soup kitchens, public health clinics, park benches, bus stations and etc. These are just a few of the places that we know of. The Average cost for a night of lodging in a crisis shelter including all services is $19. Costs are slightly lower per night in shelters with a bed capacity of 51 or more and higher in smaller shelters bed capacity of 50 or less. Homeless people often use Federal Programs such as McKinney-Vento Education, Health Care for the Homeless
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