Homelessness and Mental Illness

704 Words Feb 4th, 2018 3 Pages
These issues will be presented in this paper.
Homelessness and Mental Illness Among the Homeless in America
The Public Broadcast Service (PBS) defines a homeless person as lacking "…a fixed, regular, and adequate night-time residence." Quoting the National Alliance to End Homelessness, PBS explains that during the recent recession about 1.5 million more people were without a permanent home, adding to an estimated 4 million people who were homeless coming into the recession (PBS). Some homeless people sleep in cars, some find room in public shelters, and others are "unsheltered" that is, they are living on the streets.
The states with the most homeless people are Alaska, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Nevada, Oregon, Rhode Island, Washington State and Washington, D.C. (PBS). About 23 percent of homeless people are considered "chronically homeless," according to the definition used by the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), a chronically homeless person is "…an unaccompanied homeless individual with a disabling condition (like mental illness, substance abuse, or a developmental disability) who has been continuously homeless for a year or more or has had at least four episodes of homelessness in the past three years" (PBS). Seventy-one…