Homelessness : The Problem Of Homelessness

1850 WordsApr 7, 20178 Pages
Homelessness Awareness At some point in one’s life, a person has seen or heard of an individual who lives on the streets. An individual who lives on the streets and holds a sign that says they need money for food is considered homeless. Sadly, these individuals are everywhere and the amount of people currently homeless in the United States is 564,708 according to National Alliance to End Homelessness. However, in this nation, everyone has the ability to decrease this massive number. By providing the necessary assistance required to place these individuals in permanent housing, the number of homeless individuals will begin to decrease. To solve the problem of homelessness, people must understand why individuals become homeless. Some of…show more content…
The issue of physical problems can also have an effect on the homeless individual. The National Alliance to End Homelessness says that because the homeless are not able to afford medical care, they can suffer from a number of health issues. Those issues can be colds and flu, skin diseases from not being able to bathe properly, nutritional deficiencies, and sleep deprivation. In addition, “diabetes and heart diseases are also found at high rates among the homeless” (National Alliance to End Homelessness). Homelessness can also affect the individual spiritually. These individuals suddenly may lack hope and their purpose for life. Finding purpose while they struggle to meet their daily needs can leave them feeling hopeless and deprived from any hope of success in their life. Somerville also points out that homeless individuals have been deprived territorially because of their “lack of privacy” from living on the streets (384). This could leave the individual feeling vulnerable to anyone who sees them in their state and walks away. Consequently, they may feel that the world has abandoned them because there is no one helping or reaching out to them. Lastly, homelessness can affect an individual emotionally. Somerville describes this as lacking the emotion of “love or joy” (384). At one point of their lives the person might have been employed or had a place of
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