The Problem Of The Relief Program

1418 Words Sep 29th, 2016 6 Pages
“Lost everything but my FAITH, anything helps.” We have all seen signs like this, held by either a woman or man at the corner of a red light. Many times the sight of someone who does not stereotypically fit the image of a homeless person completely stops me in my tracks. As I wait for the light to change I begin to question how this person got here, do they not have family to help them, and most importantly why has society shaped us to subconsciously be okay with a certain type or gender of homeless person? In Arizona, roughly 10,000 people per night, comprised of both individuals and families, are homeless. The reasons for their unfortunate situations are undoubtedly different, but one thing remains true; the resources they need to help themselves are inadequate. It is important to consider the assistance programs that are made available to those who are homeless, as well as the pros and cons of each. Homelessness has many different definitions but generally occurs when individuals are unable to find and/or consistently afford housing (“What is homelessness?”). This issue can stem from any number of reasons such as medical, mental, financial or personal difficulties. While this may be an obvious understanding of the issue, it breaks down further into types of homelessness: short term, long term and chronic. Families and young adults, those under the age of 18, typically suffer from short-term homelessness due to an unforeseen financial crisis, abuse or family conflict.…
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