Should We Help the Homeless

2165 Words Mar 22nd, 2011 9 Pages
Helping the Homeless?
Coming home to a warm bed, with food, water, and resources is taken for granted by most people in America. What if all of that was suddenly snatched from you forcing you and possibly your family out to the streets with everything you own on your back. This might not even graze your mind that this could be possibility, but this is reality fir over 100 million people worldwide. With the downturn of the economy, and many natural disasters occurring this number is continuing to grow putting many more people out on the streets. This is an unsafe environment for people to live in not only adults are effected by this but many kids are growing up without homes and proper care. There needs to be changes in our system to help
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Veterans consist of a large percentage of at risk of homelessness about 1.5 million are in poverty due to lack of support networks, and dismal living conditions in overcrowded or substandard housing. Currently 107,000 veterans do not have a home, and are scouring the streets. These are the people that served our country to make it the free and safe country it is today, and we repay them nothing. Many of the people suffer from lingering effects of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and substance abuse, which are compounded by a lack of family and social support networks. A top priority for homeless veterans is secure, safe, clean housing that offers a supportive environment free of drugs and alcohol. Also many shelters are only for women and children, or families, and the majority of homeless veterans are single “most homeless people are single, unaffiliated men… most housing money in existing federal homelessness programs, in contrast, is devoted to helping homeless families or homeless women with dependant children.”(Preventing Homelessness In America) Veterans need a coordinated effort that provides secure housing, nutritional meals, basic physical health care, substance abuse care and aftercare, mental health counseling, personal development and empowerment. Additionally, veterans need job assessment, training and placement assistance.

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