The Problem Of Homelessness And Homelessness

1919 WordsApr 11, 20178 Pages
At some point in one’s life, a person has seen or heard of an individual who lives on the streets. An individual who lives on the streets and holds a sign that says they need money for food is considered homeless. Sadly, these individuals are everywhere and the amount of people currently homeless in the United States is 564,708 according to the National Alliance to End Homelessness. However, in this nation, everyone has the ability to decrease this massive number. Necessary assistance from agencies, local funding, churches, and volunteers will place these homeless individuals in permanent housing. With this assistance, the number of homeless individuals will begin to decrease. To solve the problem of homelessness, people must understand…show more content…
It is not just the sudden change of environment, but also the sudden change of lifestyle they now have to adjust to. Even if these individuals find a homeless shelter to stay in, they would still have to adjust to the conditions of the shelter. The issue of physical health can also have an effect on the homeless individual. The National Alliance to End Homelessness says that because the homeless are not able to afford medical care, they can suffer from a number of health issues. Those issues can be colds and flu, skin diseases from not being able to bathe properly, nutritional deficiencies, and sleep deprivation. In addition, “diabetes and heart diseases are also found at high rates among the homeless” (National Alliance to End Homelessness). Although physical health issues can be serious in homeless individuals, most conditions can be resolved or treated. On top of health issues, homeless individuals also experience spiritual and emotional discontentment. Somerville also points out that homeless individuals have been deprived territorially because of their “lack of privacy” from living on the streets (384). This could leave the individual feeling vulnerable to anyone who sees them in their state and walks away. Consequently, they may feel that the world has abandoned them because there is no one helping or reaching out to them. After several experiences of feeling abandoned, homelessness can affect an individual emotionally because the person had been
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