The Problem Of Homeless People

1280 Words Sep 28th, 2014 6 Pages
When thinking of homeless people, one would probably think of a bum who is an addict or alcoholic. Homelessness affects a variety of people. Homelessness as an issue in today 's society is largely ignored. The problem of homelessness is barely noticed. The growing population of homeless people is shown that more people are still suffering financial problems and struggling in maintaining their life basis. Many families and children have experienced trauma prior to becoming homeless. Parents are losing their jobs or having exhausted their unemployment benefits, and the cost of living is raising. In 2009, when the recession hit the United States, unemployment was at its highest in 26 years and one of the highest ever recorded, dating back to the 1920’s. Even though most Americans were able to receive unemployment benefits, it still wasn’t enough to financially meet the needs of supporting a family. Some states in America unemployment benefits are as low as $240 in Arizona and are the highest in Washington at $604. Usually employment only lasts 26 weeks, but after the recession of 2009, Congress passed the Emergency Benefit program to 73 weeks of duration because of plummeting unemployment rates. After unemployment was rising in 2009 and continued into 2010, it showed that 1.1 million families with children fell into deep poverty and were at risk of housing instability and homelessness. Homelessness exposes children to a constellation of risks and hardships during crucial…

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