The Problem Of Chronic Homelessness

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According to suitcaseclinic.org homelessness is a temporary condition that people fall into when they cannot afford to pay for a place to live, or when their current home has been declared unsafe or even unstable. According to Habitat.org, this issue affects between 1.6 million to close to 3 million people within the United States. The issue is growing throughout the world, but what is the root cause? Many people wonder how they can help. Most tend to believe that the solution is as simple as just giving them money to use for daily living. Even though their root cause for their issue isn’t money. It is the fact that they either don’t know how to use their money properly/ responsibly. The main causes of chronic homelessness include poverty, disability, mental illness, along with substance abuse or addiction. Poverty is a hard but doable cycle to break and becomes more and more difficult to get out once you start to fall behind a specific income level. Once people reach that point they then usually are not able to obtain the proper resources for the acquired knowledge and resources that are necessary for a higher paying job. Disability affects a great percentage of the homeless. This is usually caused by some injury that prevents them from working numerous jobs within their societies and without their dependable income they then fall into the poverty cycle. Mental illness impacts the homeless with diseases like depression, PTSD, and schizophrenia. When these illnesses are
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