Overcoming Homelessness

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Over a half million people in America are currently living without homes, sleeping instead in crowded shelters, parks, bus stations, and other places not meant for human accommodation. Many who are unfamiliar with this stigmatizing situation presume there is a simple solution to this social crisis. “Get a job!” they say, attributing the homeless’ wretched circumstance to laziness. However, overcoming homelessness is not that simple. Contrary to popular belief, the vast majority of vagrants do work or try to find work, but due to factors in the economy beyond their control, they find homelessness nearly insurmountable. [general economic aspects?] For many in America, homelessness is nigh inescapable due to economic impediments such as the availability/affordability of housing, the discrepancy between the cost of living and low income, and the difficulty in securing a stable income. One major obstacle in overcoming homelessness is obtaining a home [public/low-income] itself. The decline in the availability of affordable, habitable housing makes living in a secure home an unrealistic dream for derelicts. Although there are homeless shelters, public housing, and subsidized housing available, albeit in substandard to terrible conditions, they can only hold a fraction of the ever-increasing homeless population. Taking refuge in a homeless shelter often is more problematic than sleeping on the street; problems of one can include overcrowding, drugs, theft, and body lice. To avoid

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